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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.

Hello #Honduras & #Nicaragua! A view from #space of Rio Coco flowing into the Caribbean Sea at Cabo Gracias a Dios http://t.co/jxzPP1qeG6

The #Florida Keys kissed by the sun glint...# #HelloEarth http://t.co/3BLHoqvKXX

Mount Shasta in #California covered in snow back in January. I understand last eruption was hundreds of years ago. http://t.co/GXjQ9VKvbJ

Hallo #Cyprus! East of Limassol, the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia is a #UNESCO #WorldHeritage site. http://t.co/0ZslENcY69

The long shadows of dusk over the #Nile. #HelloEarth / (IT) Una lunga ombra proiettata lungo il Nilo al crespuscolo. http://t.co/g92fbOaPwr

Hello #Phoenix from #space! Wonder what story of rebirth earned you this mythical name. #Arizona http://t.co/t7hDxtlSOk

#Texas from space... but what are all those white dots? #HelpRequired http://t.co/ggKD8moAYu

Here's a treat for cloud lovers... like me! #HelloEarth /(IT) Una delizia per gli amanti delle nuvole... come me! http://t.co/qiE5CGcBMA

Rostov-on-Don... I have several friends in Moscow who are originally from here. #HelloEarth http://t.co/BPaZObQl2m

A (mostly) sunny spring day in Italy, from the north down to #Sicily. http://t.co/x7Px36E8hA

Shadows cast from this towering storm miles above the Earth. http://t.co/BWagi24pDj

Hello Ancona, capital city of Marche region in #Italy. / Saluti ad Ancona e le Marche con questa foto di gennaio. http://t.co/OZXKTJ6RxB

A mesmerizing blue and blocks of ice in the Black Sea. #HelloEarth http://t.co/RO5eDbMbGf

I wish pictures could convey the beauty of the #FrozenEarth on the Canadian coast these weeks. http://t.co/4jHgxzgnbt

Unreal... this bright blue color really stands out in this landscape. #HelloEarth http://t.co/urr8AxS6LT

Hello San Antonio! Was actually surprised by so much green. / Ciao San Antonio, sorpresa da tanto verde. #Texas http://t.co/I1lRVTh8W1

Wish I was a geologist to read in this picture some of the history of our planet! http://t.co/XvSK7imDmN

#Cuba is surrounded by some unbelievable beaches and blue-green waters. http://t.co/Qv5sVH6Sgy

Fascinating ice patterns in the Cabot Strait last week. #FrozenEarth #Canada http://t.co/PQwFIh5zTw

Hello #RioDeJaneiro, cool airport! #Brasil / (IT) Ciao Rio de Janeiro... fantastico aeroporto! http://t.co/fsFyyLVC5C

Po river delta, #Italy. In elementary school we exchanged letters w/ school in the area... it felt SOO far away :-) http://t.co/kEi9Abe4PE

Southern tip of Lake Huron in North America. #FrozenWorld / Il Lago Huron in nord America. #HelloEarth http://t.co/6eLFzwS0tx

(IT) Ciao Livorno e Pisa, luoghi dall'ottima cucina! / Hello from space to Pisa and Livorno, home to good cuisine! http://t.co/lEYHOyRvFw

Shades of white / (IT) Sfumature di bianco per una Terra ghiacciata. #FrozenEarth #HelloEarth http://t.co/KCYvQdRCvD

The fairy-tale colors of the Venetian lagoon /(IT) I colori da sogno della laguna di Venezia #Italy http://t.co/HNDEGkFtbB

Hallo to friends and colleagues in #Houston. I think I can spot @NASA_Johnson! http://t.co/RJ5Jb8kqu6

Cape Cod dressed in white last week. Hope it's getting warmer down there! #FrozenEarth http://t.co/7LUyP4BHBg

Lake Kariba, between #Zambia and #Zimbabwe. I read it's an artificial basin... sure doesn't look like it! #HelloEarth http://t.co/LcjZgc3Ob1

Hello #Kazakhstan and Tamgaly, home to over 5,000 rock carvings covering over 3,000 years of civilization. #UNESCO http://t.co/sf0Zt2Tbxl