30 Epic Photos of Earth Snapped from Space by Commander Chris Hadfield

30 Epic Photos of Earth Snapped from Space by Commander Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut commander Chris Hadfield, currently living on board during his stay on board the International Space Station, has been showing off his photography skills from space through his twitter account. His photos demonstrates how beautiful our home planet can be loved and respected with all its nature and urban locations that we all can relate to. Here are 30 of our favorite photos posted by Hadfield:

An ancient crater in the hard rock, blasted by sand, NE Africa. Maybe a meteor crater?


Antipodes Islands, looking like an island flag


Aurora dances above a ribbon of dawn


The Nile flowing into the delta at Cairo at night, like a living thing


Cape Town, South Africa, the glinting sun highlighting the water


Dubai, the Palm Island like a trilobite in the night


Pillowy farms of eastern Europe, tidily etched in snow


The Florida Keys look especially vulnerable from orbit


Lake Balaton, Hungary. A lovely vacation destination on the water with spring’s new growth visible all around


Las Vegas, with the Strip distinctly standing out from the rest of the city, even from orbit


The Mediterranean’s mouth – Gibraltar, Algeciras, Ceuta


The Moon ushering in the dawn over the Southeastern United States


Moose Jaw, SK, and the airport where I truly learned how to fly. Home of the renowned RCAF Snowbirds aerobatic team


Our Earth is mostly liquid rock. We live on a thin crust, with occasional hot spots, like Mt. Etna


Sometimes Mother Nature uses a protractor, like here in New Zealand’s South Island


North central England in April. A web of roads, railways and light. Do you recognize the cities?


Morning in NYC. Downtown Manhattan casts quite a shadow


Ships waiting their turn at the Panama Canal’s western mouth


Paris, well-named City of Light. Even from orbit the brilliant Champs-Elysees is visible


Warm brown textures of the Patagonian Andes


Morning jet traffic over San Francisco


These mouthwatering generous folds of icing are actually Saudi sand


St Lawrence’s mouth, where the Great Lakes pour into the sea


The Australian Outback is effortlessly crazily beautiful


The Nile and the Sinai. One sweeping glance of human history


Twin cities, so close that they are one. St Paul and Minneapolis, USA


Winnipeg, Manitoba, incredibly clear. The river floodway diversion looks smart from space


The river hiccups like a zipper on an old coat


Shanghai, China. Home to more than 23 million people. Vibrant, cosmopolitan port at the mouth of the Yangtze River


Fogo, Cape Verde – a volcano so big it peaks above the Atlantic

For more inspiring imaging taken by Hadfield from space, make sure you follow him on Twitter

See also: Astronaut Wringing A Wet Towel In Space Will Make Your Jaw Drop!

Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space. A former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, he has flown two space shuttle missions, STS-74 in 1995 and STS-100 in 2001, and served as capsule communicator for both Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) expeditions. On 19 December 2012, Hadfield launched in the Soyuz TMA-07M flight for a long duration stay on board the ISS as part of Expedition 35. He arrived at the station on 21 December, as scheduled, and became the first Canadian to command the ISS when the crew of Expedition 34 departed.

See also: Astronaut Andre Kuipers Shares Stunning Images of Earth from Space

UPDATE: After 146 days in space, Chris Hadfield, Roman Romanenko and Tom Marshburn  undocked from the International Space Station, where they lived for 144 days and landed safely in Dzhezkazgan, Russia, around 10:30 p.m. EDT Monday May 13, 2013. The crew is now back home safely.

 [Image & Caption via Hadfield’s Twitter Account, quoted text via Wikipedia]

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