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The Ötztal Alps in the state of Tyrol in the western Austria. The false-color image comes from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite. Snow is shown in blue to make it easier to distinguish between snow and vegetation.


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French astronaut Thomas Pesquet writes that Barcelona is pretty in the morning light. It's a strangely monotone view from the ISS - maybe it's the time of year. Pesquet goes on to say
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I drove there as a student, I flew there as a pilot. Always a good place to be. I know a really good restaurant there… let me find the street wink

And of course, he's now seen it from space. I'll be happy to see it again at ground level, especially the parks and gardens and the sea. A lovely city.


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This is a dramatic view of the Earth with the Moon rising over the Pacific. It was taken by Rosetta three minutes before the point of closest approach during the first Earth fly-by.

Credit: ESA


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In 20 seconds Pesquet took 30 highly zoomed photos which have been assembled into this collage. It's Barcelona again, a love I share with astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Ships entering the harbour and landmarks of Barcelona such as the Olympic village and La Ramblas are visible as you zoom in. I've put in a link to the whole page because if you download a high-res version you can zoom in and explore.


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French astronaut Thomas Pesquet doesn't just photograph Barcelona from the space station! This strange picture was taken over Russia. He tweeted "I cannot explain these km-long parallel lines."

But a follower helped out.
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This photograph shows the parallel lines of a major shelterbelt - also known as a windbreak - crossing the steppes of southern Russia near the Volga River. The image shows a 14-kilometer section of an extensive system of shelterbelts planted to protect crops and reduce the erosion of steppe soils by wind. The shelterbelt is broken where it meets a local stream.


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The Pyrenees from space.

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet: Another view of the Pyrenees: all the valleys are oriented from south to north... except one, it seems

I have to admit that I can't make any sense of this view, but it's beautiful and intriguing.


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This is an odd picture. It looks like an animal, with a head rearing, neck and shoulders, and body. But it's actually the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Thomas Pesquet, the ESA astronaut who took the picture, said:
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The Cape of Good Hope, aptly named, one of Africa's most southern points! Crossing it with a space station is certainly not comparable to doing so sailing.


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Easter Island - Rapa Nui as seen by ESA's Copernicus EU Sentinel-2A satellite on April 7, 2017.
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It's a Chilean island in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean, at the south-easternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle, and it is also one of the most remote inhabited places in the world.


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