Photos from Orbit

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.

Detroit 🇺🇸 is showing us astronauts some love thanks to the shape of Lake St. Clair... Greetings from #space #Michigan! #VITAmission https://t.co/AR6Hsb42cF

#КраскиЗемли: каменистые пустыни Кении https://t.co/lw3Ajk2ki6

#EarthArt: stony deserts in #Kenya https://t.co/8G6wPelpQ4

#Бецибука является крупнейшей рекой «большого красного острова» #Мадагаскар. // #Betsiboka is Madagascar's largest river. https://t.co/Z6KlEnqU54

The Great Barrier #Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. https://t.co/gSobODIpDf

Lake #Urmia is an endorheic salt lake in Iran.It was one of the largest lakes in the Middle East,but in just 14 years it has almost vanished https://t.co/1ng4eZr8NN

#Урмия - бессточное соленое озеро Ирана. Концентрация соли в воде очень высокая: даже на снимках из космоса виден белый «налет» вдоль берега https://t.co/4ULPlaO4rS

#КраскиЗемли: такая разная #Австралия. // #EarthArt: such a different #Australia. https://t.co/YKYIajM9rb

On Kazakhstan territory there is one of the world’s largest inland drainless water bodies - Lake #Balkhash. https://t.co/bgD7fL76xl

There are 13 telescopes funded by eleven countries at the top of volcano #MaunaKea. Can you imagine it?! https://t.co/BfOuTRNgzH

"Broken heart" between #Malaysia and #Indonesia. Maybe you know this islands? https://t.co/26MN6FsJTn

Happy #AutumnEquinox! We celebrate with a beautiful example of fall colors in this mosaic supplied by our Spaceship Earth. #FirstDayofFall https://t.co/7lxlIYyNjp

One of my all-time favorite pics. Monkey Forest nature preserve and Hindu temples, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. #OneWorldManyViews https://t.co/vzOcRztFrs

My NASA home for the last 13 years, may she endure like the stately Battleship Texas. #OneWorldManyViews https://t.co/D5Yn6RbIJW

Home of the Great Migration, the inhabitants of the Masai Mara are what make it incomparable. #OneWorldManyViews https://t.co/Dp8GblXma5

Mt Taranaki really catches your eye as you see the North Island of New Zealand. Almost like the profile of a large sea turtle. https://t.co/EskDWImlrt

Sydney Harbour and Opera House as beautiful from above as from the water. #OneWorldManyViews https://t.co/g0fjSvZctZ

Castle Chillon stands guard on the eastern end of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. #OneWorldManyViews https://t.co/qYXqwTeReR

Incredible colors from the Florida Keys regardless of perspective. #OneWorldManyViews https://t.co/pmhMlOXl8d

C'è chi naviga per mare e chi lo fa tra le stelle👨🏻‍🚀 Un saluto all'Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, questa sera alla #RegataBarcolana! https://t.co/2WOt9fl1Fp

Holy cow--check out this Hawaiian coastline! It’s like a rainbow of awesome, only on the ground (and in the water)! #EarthShapes https://t.co/UOHtcC2KTv

Oh my, tell me that doesn’t look like a watercolor tray? The Earth surprises me with its beauty every day. #EarthShapes https://t.co/zFvW74ngWZ

Saw this beautiful area in South America--it looks like modern art. In fact, I think it makes me dizzy, but it’s gorgeous! #EarthShapes https://t.co/Bnfwvh3OQR

You see all seasons from orbit. Saw this colorful lake and thought – part frozen, part not, but all awesome! #EarthShapes https://t.co/C2HCPGjBBo

Check marks the spot… 1. Find beautiful island ✔ 2. Find totally awesome beach ✔ 3. Wish you were here ✔ #EarthShapes https://t.co/DWcrAgMjjh

Mount St. Helens—we even had ash in CO as a kid! I see a face outline where the mountain side used to be--wow, what scary power #EarthShapes https://t.co/Ct88CYZSGO

It’s amazing to watch how sun glint changes my view of water so quickly as we fly by (at 17,500mph)--brings a lake to life. #EarthShapes https://t.co/8Pn9Nt9A9u

Colors always catch my eye, like this shoreline…sure looks like footsteps going out into the water. #EarthShapes https://t.co/8HStcwkTVC

It’s always fun to make sandcastles at the beach. From orbit, you get to see the cool stuff Mother Nature makes on the beach. #EarthShapes https://t.co/fZHgX8MsIJ