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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.

#EarthArt The analogy of onion layers should be replaced with Earth. #YearInSpace http://t.co/IQq0lUEyFD

Looking down on #Earth, our nerve center. Good morning from the @space_station! #YearInSpace http://t.co/kzU3eIoFEX

#RedSea. I'd sure like to jump into you this morning. #YearInSpace http://t.co/5BZN22SGlR

Good morning #WestVirginia! It looks like if you were pounded flat you'd be bigger than Texas. #YearInSpace http://t.co/1c884LivL7

Good morning #Africa. You are a beautiful and diverse continent. Happy #AfricaDay from @Space_Station! #YearInSpace http://t.co/tZvYxt6uuA

#SpaceGeo 3 iconic man-made structures of this country are precisely aligned w the Constellation of #Orion. Name it! http://t.co/tuRNTgP83x

Northern Territory of #Australia. Looks like a combo of sweet and savory from @Space_Station for #NationalDonutDay. http://t.co/2ABbhgGBeb

You are the blue in our big blue marble. #WorldOceansDay http://t.co/GAExd1ZaW5

The green fields of #SouthEastAsia. #YearInSpace. http://t.co/Vo3G8rYfHA

This lake North East of the #Himalayas appears to be the bluest place on Earth from @Space_Station. #YearInSpace http://t.co/AMiTbpRlpJ

#EarthArt Good night from the @space_station! http://t.co/jlxOtm9XsP

There seems to be more green in the #African desert lately. This is a good thing. #YearInSpace http://t.co/zwl4VBE4RW

#EarthArt Good night from the @Space_Station! http://t.co/2cuUI33C9K

Day 84. Opalescent #EarthArt. The world is your oyster. Good night from @space_station! #YearInSpace http://t.co/ZJS59Z1BlD

#EarthArt. Need to see this up close some day. #YearInSpace http://t.co/9KuiGn8Cte

#MondayMotivation Color your world. Good morning from @Space_Station! #YearInSpace http://t.co/gp5sQLMIlz

#EarthArt Interesting how meaningless squiggles are until they stand for something else. #YearInSpace http://t.co/VvrHbPWfyT

#SpaceGeo Mankind's most massive masonry structure since the Great Pyramids. Name it! http://t.co/rAFGoI30hY

Good morning from 250 miles above the African desert. #YearInSpace http://t.co/wE0KrGDfdN

Earth rocks! Let's protect it. Happy #AsteroidDay from @space_station! #YearInSpace http://t.co/eiPLReshId

#SpaceGeo! Where the ocean meets the sea, this waterway channels a peaceful merger. Name it! http://t.co/9dk8JTHLQx

#Bermuda, you're looking pretty good right now. #YearInSpace http://t.co/G91OqcvyTh

#EarthArt. This shade of yellow is a rare sight. #YearInSpace http://t.co/2Ecz8uc4oG