This isn't your first close-up of another planet's biosphere... it's actually the Maldives islands on Earth, as viewed from the International Space Station. A couple of ISS astronauts have been twittering amazing pictures of our planet.

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Mt. Kilmanjaro

The Earth and moon, from astro_jose.


Noctilucent clouds, from astro_soichi

Golden Gate Bridge, from astro_soichi


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