12 Photos of Earth From Space That Will Remind You How Beautiful the Planet Is
The International Space Station circles Earth at a speed of 17,150 miles per hour, completing an orbit about every 92 minutes. As it makes the rounds, it captures gorgeous images of oceans, deserts, ranges, and more. And it's not the only spacecraft sending us back images of the world we live on.
As 2016 comes to a close, take a moment to revel in the how Earth looks so small and yet so expansive in these photos from space.
Taken by the Expedition 40 crew, aboard the International Space Station.
Greece, as seen from the International Space Station.
The Indian Ocean, just east of the island of Madagascar, as seen from the Gemini-6 spacecraft.
Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto as seen from the International Space Station.
Taken during a night pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station.
ESA astronaut Tim Peake took this image of the U.K. and France from the Space Station.
The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the Gibson Desert in Western Australia.
Acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft, this image shows the west coast of Greenland, one of Earth's premiere incubators for icebergs.
Earth observation taken during night pass by an Expedition 36 crew member on board the International Space Station.
Taken by the Expedition 36 crew on board the International Space Station.
Tim Peake took this picture during his six-month Principia on the International Space Station.