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By M Ferguson | Commander Chris Hadfield inspired me with his photos from the International Space Station. I am so thrilled that succeeding missions to the ISS have kept up this document of Earth's beauty. These are perfect examples of abstract natural art, collected by the citizen scientists of the ISS.

The sunglint turns water into silver. #HelloEarth / (IT) L'acqua diventa argento grazie al riflesso del Sole... http://t.co/DRmfeX07gR

So much history, so many epic stories: the Aegean Sea / (IT) Così tanta storia e tante epiche avventure: il Mar Egeo. http://t.co/FwKSR00gkv

Some #ColorsOfTheEarth to start the week! / (IT) Un po' di colori del nostro pianeta per iniziare la settimana! http://t.co/Mj0arzSgkH

Or these... other side of the planet, very different landscape, same cheerful irrigation circles! #HelloEarth http://t.co/RsaK8dz6mb

A pass over the Caribbean is always worth a peak out the window! #HelloEarth http://t.co/yedHo9Y4WR

When the sunlight hits at the right angle, the water surface comes alive. #HelloEarth http://t.co/wC2tjLgJeP

Hagia Sophia, Süleymaniye Mosque & many more masterpieces make historic areas of Istanbul #WorldHeritage site #Turkey http://t.co/QTSZ1syY9g

Beautiful passes over the #PacificRimOfFire these days... volcanoes look tiny, but only the tips emerge. #HelloEarth http://t.co/LHUunpfMXe

So many patterns and shapes drawn on our planet. #ColorsOfTheEarth http://t.co/RkHnnjUs4j

Hello #Iran! The city of Shiraz and nearby Bakhtegan salt lake and Bamou National Park. http://t.co/xx99vPXRMh

Hallo #Chile! Look at those snow-capped volcano tops "casually dropped" to contour the Salar of Atacama. #HelloEarth http://t.co/YWHu0ezNGj

Wind at work on planet Earth. / Il vento all'opera sul pianeta Terra. #HelloEarth http://t.co/mloElWHSnn

Fascinating stripes of clouds./ Affascinanti strisce di nuvole. #HelloEarth http://t.co/D70AEK8GtU

Nature's elements at work : Lake Superior a few weeks ago. #HelloEarth http://t.co/kfTyMJ21Y6

Hello Denmark from space! / (IT) Ciao Danimarca, un saluto dallo spazio! #HelloEarth http://t.co/amSZjj43Fz

Atolls, the jewels of the Earth. Atolli, i gioielli della Terra. #HelloEarth http://t.co/m8VekLPlC5

The sun glint creating magic off the coast of Hokkaido. Hello #Japan! #HelloEarth http://t.co/fr2hPllh43

Hello #Venice! Ciao Venezia! #Italy #HelloEarth http://t.co/6yHn2A8R9J

Like drops of paint on the ocean... #HelloEarth / (IT) Come gocce di colore nell'oceano... http://t.co/qOaKECbVNV

Hello #Indonesia! Admiring the volcanoes of Nusa Tenggara in the early morning light. #HelloEarth http://t.co/wiKFsM6abE

A cheerful image, don't you think? / Mette molta allegria, non trovate? #HelloEarth http://t.co/Ep5dG7vG9G

Hola #Barcelona! Even from space the city of Gaudí looks gorgeous. #HelloEarth / (IT) Ciao Barcellona! http://t.co/tpfZaUrcPz

Hello Nicaragua, this is your capital Managua from space! #HelloEarth / (IT) Ciao Managua, capitale del Nicaragua! http://t.co/DDNXXZEqzB

The fairy tale landscapes of #Patagonia... only other place I've seen that blue is the Himalayan lakes. #HelloEarth http://t.co/ve0MfMw7Yx

Hallo #Hawaii ! Fascinating geology. Have you heard of the hotspot theory? http://t.co/TaonC7eoBv

#Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Where #Europe meets the Middle East. http://t.co/bR4mfezUg1

Waters still quite frozen over off the coast of #Canada. Very pretty patterns! #HelloEarth http://t.co/xYlLpPsnGy

The Upper Peninsula of #Michigan showing off its beauty today! #HelloEarth http://t.co/4Lf25ikvDO

Flying over #Arizona today. What an unreal view! #HelloEarth http://t.co/P7jYLTH45e