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Breathtaking Photos of Earth Taken by an Astronaut from Space

The astronauts on the International Space Station observe some of the most beautiful views of our planet that we sadly cannot see. But German geophysicist Alexander Gerst decided to share those wondrous and breathtaking sights with the people below. Since being launched into space for a mission from May until November 2014, Gerst has taken photographs of the spectacular space scenes from islands to deserts, cities to clouds and beyond. Gerst has also been able to capture amazing photographs of cities lit up at night, sunrises and sunsets, and the northern lights.

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