Astronaut Photography

Pavlof Volcano, Alaska Peninsula
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Pavlof Volcano, Alaska Peninsula

Three striking photographs of Pavlof Volcano reveal the three-dimensional structure of the eruption plume.

Published May 23, 2013

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Korangi, Pakistan
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Korangi, Pakistan

This highly urbanized and industrialized area stands in stark contrast next to dense green mangrove forests and waterways of the Indus River Delta.

Published May 20, 2013

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View of the Great Salt Lake from Skylab
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View of the Great Salt Lake from Skylab

America's first space station was launched forty years ago. Astronauts on Skylab conducted some the first comprehensive visual studies of Earth’s surface.

Published May 14, 2013

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Laguna Verde
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Laguna Verde

High in the Andes Mountains in Argentina, this salt lake hosts microbes that give the lakes distinct colors.

Published May 13, 2013

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San Diego-Tijuana Region
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San Diego-Tijuana Region

Straddling the border between the United States and Mexico, this metropolitan area is home to more than 5 million people.

Published May 6, 2013

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South Georgia Island
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South Georgia Island

Astronauts capture a view of the South Atlantic Island that looks like it has been taken from an airplane. Mountains and glaciers stand in stark relief against the sea.

Published Apr 29, 2013

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Tata Sabaya Volcano
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Tata Sabaya Volcano

While its current form is that of a youthful stratovolcano, the regional geological evidence indicates that Bolivia’s Tata Sabaya has an older, eventful history.

Published Apr 22, 2013

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Island of Ibiza, Spain
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Island of Ibiza, Spain

Nightlife, ecological beauty, and history make the island a popular tourist destination.

Published Apr 15, 2013

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Great Sandy Desert, Australia
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Great Sandy Desert, Australia

Ancient rivers and linear dunes decorate the arid landscape.

Published Apr 8, 2013

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Phoenix Metropolitan Area at Night
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Phoenix Metropolitan Area at Night

Several Arizona cities and suburbs merge in a distinctive Western U.S. grid pattern.

Published Apr 1, 2013

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Belgrade, Serbia

Situated along key travel routes between the West and East, this capital city has been settled for at least 6,000 years and has changed rulers and layouts many times.

Published Mar 18, 2013

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Piccaninny Impact Structure, Western Australia
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Piccaninny Impact Structure, Western Australia

Astronauts capture the first confirmed image of the structure taken from the International Space Station.

Published Mar 4, 2013

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New ISS Eyes See Rio San Pablo
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New ISS Eyes See Rio San Pablo

ISERV Pathfinder camera system may eventually provide needed Earth observations to developing countries.

Published Mar 3, 2013

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Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean
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Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean

This volcanic island is home to perhaps the most remote permanent settlement on Earth.

Published Feb 18, 2013

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Reno, Nevada, at Night
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Reno, Nevada, at Night

“The biggest little city in the world” is nestled like a jewel amidst the mountains.

Published Feb 11, 2013

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Internal Waves off Northern Trinidad
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Internal Waves off Northern Trinidad

Underwater ridges and broad ocean currents help make waves beneath the waves.

Published Feb 4, 2013

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Our Reach Should Exceed Our Grasp
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Our Reach Should Exceed Our Grasp

Astronauts on the last voyage of the space shuttle Columbia captured this view of clouds over the Atlantic Ocean.

Published Feb 2, 2013

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Sakurajima Volcano, Kyushu, Japan
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Sakurajima Volcano, Kyushu, Japan

Once separated from the mainland, this volcano has the attention of scientists and emergency planners because of its proximity to several cities.

Published Jan 28, 2013

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Polar Mesospheric Clouds, South Pacific Ocean
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Polar Mesospheric Clouds, South Pacific Ocean

Noctilucent or “night shining” clouds form near the boundary of the mesosphere and thermosphere.

Published Jan 21, 2013

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Liège at Night
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Liège at Night

This city in Belgium is a hub of economic activity and tourism.

Published Jan 14, 2013

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Appalachian Mountains
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Appalachian Mountains

Among the oldest mountains in the world, the Appalachian chain is now relatively low but visually striking.

Published Jan 7, 2013

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Dallas Metropolitan Area at Night
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Dallas Metropolitan Area at Night

Like most cities in the western United States, the Dallas-Fort Worth area was laid out in a grid pattern.

Published Dec 31, 2012

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Aso Caldera, Kyushu, Japan
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Aso Caldera, Kyushu, Japan

Formed during four explosive eruptions that took place between 300,000 and 90,000 years ago, the volcanic caldera is now home to human settlements and 17 younger volcanoes.

Published Dec 24, 2012

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Agricultural Fields Under Snow, China
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Agricultural Fields Under Snow, China

This astronaut photograph highlights hundreds of rectangular fields along the Songhua River in eastern China.

Published Dec 17, 2012

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Plume rises from Ulawun
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Plume rises from Ulawun

This astronaut photograph was taken during the most recent activity at this volcano in the Bismarck Archipelago of Papua New Guinea.

Published Dec 10, 2012

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Riyadh at Night
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Riyadh at Night

The capital city of Saudi Arabia has grown dramatically in the last half century.

Published Dec 3, 2012

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Central Kamchatka Volcanoes, Russian Federation
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Central Kamchatka Volcanoes, Russian Federation

The combination of a low viewing angle, shadows, and height and distance from the volcanoes contributes to the appearance of topographic relief.

Published Nov 19, 2012

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Qatar at Night
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Qatar at Night

In this astronaut photograph from the International Space Station, the lights of Qatar show informative demographic detail that is very difficult to discern in daylight images.

Published Nov 12, 2012

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Baltimore at Night
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Baltimore at Night

One of the largest seaports on the East Coast, “Charm City” was briefly the capital of the United States.

Published Nov 5, 2012

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Isla Santiago, Galapagos Islands
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Isla Santiago, Galapagos Islands

This island off of Ecuador was formed by a shield volcano.

Published Oct 28, 2012

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