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      Voyager 1 - The Pale Blue Dot. After finishing its planetary mission, Voyager 1 turned used its camera to take a picture of the solar system. On the photo, our planet is less than pixel, looking like a mote of dust in a ray of light.

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    Bavaria. (Image Copernicus Sentinel-1A (2015)/ESA) Munich is on the right & Augsburg at the centre. The cities look like crystals. It's a radar image and the white is radar reflections from buildings. You can see the river Isar that runs through Munich. The two large lakes to the south were created by the melting of ice-age glaciers. The landscape across this area was shaped by glaciers.

    Earth imaged on July 6, 2015 by NOAA's DSCOVR satellite from L1. Credit: NOAA/NASA/GSFC

    Antarctica Peninsula from Sentinel-1A Acquired on 13 April 2014 at 23:57 GMT (14 April at 01:57 CEST) by Sentinel-1A, this image shows a transect over the northern part of the Antarctica Peninsula. It was acquired in the satellite’s ‘strip map’ mode with a swath width of 80 km and in dual polarisation. The colours indicate how the land, ice and water reflect the radar signal differently. Credits: ESA

    Northwest Sardinia. (2015.07.03) In false color from ESA's Sentinel-2A satellite. The red shows vegetation, and the brighter red healthier vegetation. Agricultural fields dominate the land, with a large area of vineyards at the image center. Alghero-Fertilia Airport is just left of center, and the port of Ferilia directly to its south. (Credit: Copernicus data (2015)/ESA)

    Orbit 3. Timelapse compiled from imagery taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station. Put together by Phil Selmes using ISS footage captured during ISS Expeditions 42 and 43 between January through May 2015.

    Central California, USA (April 2015) San Andreas Fault – Runs from the upper-left corner to the bottom center. The Pacific Plate is moving northwest and the North American southeast. The Southern Coastal Ranges surround the fault. To the east is the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and beyond that the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. (Sentinel-1A radar, Copernicus data (2015)/ESA)

    The Great Egyptian Pyramids of Giza from space and the International Space Station on 10 June 2015. “It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these! Credit: (Credit: NASA: Terry Virts/@AstroTerry)

    Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank taken from space. Jim McDivitt and Ed White were the crew of Gemini IV. The photo was taken on June 4, 1965, with a Hasselblad camera and a 70mm lens - no digital cameras in those days. (Credit: NASA)

    The ISS flying over the Algeria‬ desert. Photo: Samantha Cristoforetti (Credit: ESA/NASA)

    Dead Sea: the emerged area of lowest elevation on Earth. Samantha Cristoforetti : "And where I came closest to floating before being weightless!" (Photo taken from the International Space Station)

    Moonglint Over Italy. (Archive 2013.10.17) This soft-focus image taken by a crew member aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 37 shows the Elba-Follonica-Grosseto-Orbetello area of Italy at night, with moonglint on the surrounding waters. (ICredit: NASA)

    Catalan coast, Spain. This Sentinel-1A radar image captures part of Catalonia in northeastern Spain including the city of Barcelona (right). At the centre-left, we can see bright radar reflections from the city of Lleida. Blue–green colours show cultivated landscape of this area’s plateaus, where crops such as wheat, barley, fruits and vegetables are grown. (Credit: ESA)

    Copyright ESA Description The gecko-shaped body of water featured in this Envisat radar image was formed by the Bratsk Reservoir in southeastern Siberia, Russia. The reservoir was formed in the 1960s by damming the Angara River to provide hydroelectric power. The dam, 125 m high and 4417 m wide, was built near the city of Bratsk (white area in the upper left). Agricultural crops can be seen along the southwestern side of the reservoir, including grains, potatoes and vegetables.

    Siberia. (Envisat image acquired 2006-08-07) Siberia spreads from the Urals in the west to the Okhotsk Sea in the east, from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the borders of Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China in the south. Three great rivers flow across it – the Ob, the Yenisei (flowing from the lower right to the upper left) & the Lena. The Yenisei is the world’s fifth longest river, flowing about 4023 km. (Credit: ESA)

    International Space Station Flyover in high definition. All footage captured during Jan/Feb 2015. All footage courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Centre.

    Ultra HD Timelapse of The Earth, made from images taken over six months by ESA Alexander Gerst on the International Space Station. (Credit: ESA)

    Namib Desert in southwestern Africa. (Image credit: KARI/ESA) Satellite image acquired by KOMPSAT-2 satellite January 2012.

    Rocky Mountain National Park. Viewed from the International Space Station on Jan. 26, 2015, the park's 100th anniversary. Beautiful. But shouldn't there be more snow at this time of year? (Image Credit: NASA/Terry Virts)

    For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here's a photo from the International Space Station of Atlanta, where Dr. King, who inspired us to dream, was born.

    Northeastern Caspian Sea shoreline. The water looks green because of an algal bloom in the largest landlocked body of water in the world. Image taken 2012-09-26. (Copyright: Korean Aerospace Research Institute / ESA, taken by Kompsat-2 satellite)

    Satellite image of the eastern 2/3 of the USA on 2015-01-07. Only Florida is visible. Clouds behind the frontal boundary stretch from the Carolinas west over the Heartland. A wide band of fallen snow covers the ground from New England west to Montana, with rivers appearing like veins. The image also shows wind-whipped lake-effect snows off the Great Lakes, blowing to the southeast. Brrrr. (Image Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project)

    Great Bahamas Bank. Underwater structures of the Great Bahamas Bank are pictured in this image from the Landsat-8 satellite. Sitting north of Cuba, the bank is made of limestone – mainly from the skeletal fragments of marine organisms – that has been accumulating for over 100 million years. (Copyright: USGS/ESA)

    Mount Egmont / Mount Taranaki on New Zealand\s North Island. You can easily see the boundary between the protected forest area and the surrounding agricultural land. The mountain's a volcano, though it hasn't erupted for over 150 years. When the peak is covered by clouds and mist, Maori myths say that Taranaki weeps for Pihanga his lost love. (Credit: KARI/ESA) Image acquired by Korea's Kompsat-2 satellite.

    Fall Colors Arriving. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of fall colors around the Great Lakes on Sept. 26, 2014, just a few days after the equinox. (Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz at NASA GSF)

    An Astronaut's View from Space | NASA. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, 2014. "My favorite views from #space – just past #sunrise over the ocean."