Astronaut shares stunning photos of Earth from space

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams spent 534 days in space, setting a new record for the space agency. While there, Williams snapped pictures of earth from his own 'bird's eye view'.

And the photos are out of this world!

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He shared his enthusiasm about sharing his time in space via photography in a NASA video, "It's a real thrill for me to be able to bring the experience to you through photography."

Take a look at some of Williams' best photos of earth from space in the video above.

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The Great Pyramids of Giza

Do you see a pair of small triangular shadows at the center of this photo? Those shadows, and the small speck right below them, are actually some of the most mind-blowing constructions ever built by humans. They are three of the most well-known ancient Egyptian pyramids: the Pyramids of Giza. The largest of the three is nearly 500 feet tall, but from space it just looks like a tiny smudge in the Egyptian desert.

(Photo via NASA)

City lights at night

At night, light pollution from cities drowns out stars in the sky. But if you look down on a few of these cities from space, the artificial lights create a constellation of their own, illuminating the area all around them.

(Photo via NASA)

The Kennecott Copper Mine

The Kennecott Copper Mine, southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. It measures about 2.5 miles across and it is about 4,000 feet deep. Mining first began there in the late nineteenth century to remove gold, silver, and lead deposits.

(Photo via NASA)


Humans have been building bridges for a long time, and we've only been getting better at it. We've progressed from creating small bridges of logs and stones to constructing massive, carefully-engineered steel and concrete structures that are designed to support millions of vehicles every year. These giant bridges stretch across thousands of feet of water to connect land. This picture of bridges was taken by astronaut Christ Hadfield as the ISS orbited above the Bay Area.

(Photo via NASA)

The Palm Islands at Dubai

The Palm Islands are a collection of human-made islands along the coast of Dubai. To build these islands, workers dredge sand from the bottom of the Persian Gulf, and then spray the sand to create shapes that stand out in the dark water. Some of the islands are constructed to resemble palm trees. The island at the top of this photo is still under construction and it is created to take the shape of a world map.

(Photo via NASA)

The Greenhouses at Almería

In the Almería Province of southeastern Spain, there is a vast sea of greenhouses that can be seen from space. They cover more than 64,000 acres of land. Millions of tons of fruits and vegetables are grown in these greenhouses to be exported to other parts of the world.

(Photo via NASA)


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