The Top 30 Earth Selfies You Should See Now

On February 29, the NASA astronaut Scott Kelly turned over command of the International Space Station to astronaut Tim Kopra, and returned to Earth after spending nearly a year in space. Last March 2015, Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko launched into low Earth orbit aboard the ISS, and have since participated in hundreds of experiments while the effects of long-term microgravity on the human body were studied. Kelly also took hundreds of photographs during his year abroad, posting many to his Twitter account. Here are some of his photographs from the past year.

 

1. An overhead view of San Francisco, California, with Golden Gate Bridge visible at lower left.

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

2. Airglow in the upper atmosphere, and the Milky Way in the background.

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

3. The Richat Structure, a land feature in Mauritania

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

4. Sand, sea, and islands in the Bahamas

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

5. Washington, D.C. at night

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

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6. An oblique mountain view

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

7. San Rafael Reef, Utah

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

8. Colorful skies at sunset

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

9. Oil fields in West Texas

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

10. Glaciers in Tajikistan

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

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11. Cold weather and cloud formations off the east coast of North America

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

12. Lake Tengis, Kazakhstan

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

13. Seen from orbit, the launch of the Cygnus resupply spacecraft atop an Atlas V rocket in December of 2015

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

14. Shanghai, China, at night

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

15. Space Flowers. Some of the crop of plants Kelly tended while in orbit

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

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16. Aurora Borealis over the Pacific Northwest

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

17. Snow-covered fields

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

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18. A tiny island in a big ocean

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

19. Northwest Libya

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

20. Cloud formation above Qatar

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

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21. New York City

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

22. Soyuz spacecraft on approach to the ISS

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

23. Italy and the Alps

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

24. An Aleutian island

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

25. Lake Mackay, Australia

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

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26. Dunes

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

27. Macedonia

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

28. Australia

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

29. Cyclone Ashobaa near Oman

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

30. Posted February 28, 2016, titled “Fire.”

Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA
Photo : Scott Kelly / NASA

 

This feature originally appeared in The Atlantic.

 

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