The view from up there: Stunning images from the space station

By Will Creighton  |  March 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM
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More than 18,000 applications from aspiring astronauts poured into NASA's offices recently. Looking at the gorgeous views of Earth taken from the International Space Station, it's easy to see why the job remains in high demand.

ISS Mission Commander Scott Kelly, preparing to come home to Earth after 340 days in space, sent back a series of "final sunrise" shots Tuesday, and they came across as positively wistful. Still, he said he's ready to come home for a dip in his pool.

Kelly and other astronauts who have spent time on the ISS have delighted Earthlings with a stream of amazing pictures and videos of Earth, including aurorae, nighttime city lights and thunderstorms. Here's some of what they've shared:

Where above the world is the ISS, say right now?

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Godspeed Commander Kelly

Ghost in the machine

"The @Space_Station just passed straight through a thick green fog of #aurora...eerie but beautiful. #Principia"
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View of a red sprite above the white light of an active thunderstorm (image top left). Sprites are major electrical discharges, like lightning, but without the extremely hot temperatures.
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Rainbow double aurora – what does it mean??
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Star trail composite made from 18 pictures.
Hello, is there anybody out there?

One heckuva work commute.

Home of 568 of the world's billionaires.

Coming home: View from Soyuz capsule during re-entry to Earth's atmosphere at 25 times the speed of sound.
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