Dutch astronaut and physician Andre Kuipers, who’s currently working at the International Space station, took these marvelous pictures with his SLR. Good photographic skills and perfect vantage point enabled the man to make the images so stunning that some of them seem absolutely unreal.
The Richat Structure in Mauritania
Paris at night
From space I wish you all a very exciting and colorful year!
Veins' in the Somalian desert
Over the Tibetan plateau with the Himilayas, Butan and Napal in the background
Denmark with Copenhagen, Norway with Oslo, Sweden with Stockholm in the distance, northern Germany and beyond
Beautiful reflection of the Sun in a Brazilian river
On their way to America
Over the Southern Lights between Antarctic and Australia
Sahara sand treks hundreds of kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean
Sea ice spirals near Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
The different layers of the atmosphere can be seen during sunrise and sunset
Detail strong winds at White Sands
Sunlight reflects in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. Corsica, Sardinia and northern Italy
Sahara sand pattern
Snowy Canada. River or a millipede?
Wave pattern in the Indian Ocean
Lake Powell and Colorado River. Awesome place. Green warm water, white/red rocks, blue sky. And nobody around
Meteor crater in Canada
The Alps look very tempting
The moon looks the same from the ISS as it does on Earth. Only we see it rise and set again and again.
Salt Lake City
The Earth by night
ISS Commander Dan Burbank @astrocoastie has an eye for beautiful cloud formations
Aircraft make patterns in the sky
How we see the moon. Sharp and slowly moving towards or away from the horizon
The Pacific is a great source of colourful images. One of the Gilbert Islands
Africa meets Europe - Strait of Gibraltar
For an experiment I had to be quiet for 10 min, so I looked out the window. And saw an active Etna!
Australia is an extraordinary continent with beautiful structures
Comet Lovejoy by Cdr Dan Burbank @astrocoastie, on launch day. One of the first who spotted it