Chris Hadfield is a Canadian Space Agency astronaut who spent three months on the International Space Station.  During his stay, Hadfield took dozens of photographs of our planet from his incredibly unique perspective.  Astronauts don’t take photographs of earth randomly, but rather use the shots as a data collection source, targeting weather events and ecological monitoring sites.  Hadfield’s photographs have earned him a honorary Service of Photographic Arts designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada and have gained him acclaim the world over.  Here are 10 stunning shots of our Earth from over 250 miles above the planets surface.

 

1.  Mississippi enters the Gulf of Mexico

 

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2.  San Francisco at night

 

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3. Smoke clouds over Australia after bush fires

 

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4.  Cloud cover over Africa

 

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5.  Valleys in Venezuela

 

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6.  Richat Structure of Mauritania

 

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7.  Japanese rice fields blanketed in snow

 

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8.   Salt lake in the Australian outback

 

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9. Lima, Peru

 

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10.  The sun shining above the Earth

 

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