Aboard the International Space Station, Dutch astronaut André Kuipers has taken some amazingly detailed photos of the Earth using a handheld Nikon D2Xs digital SLR camera.
The amatuer photographer captures some beautiful shots of our planet, and has an eye for interesting patterns that can only be seen from afar.
Take a look at some of his shots. You can also see more on his Flickr photostream.
Traces of sand from the Sahara desert in the Atlantic Ocean. Flickr/ESA/NASA
Comet Lovejoy shoots across the horizon. Flickr/ESA/NASA
White Sands desert in New Mexico. Flickr/ESA/NASA
A meteor crater in Canada. Flickr/ESA/NASA
The sun reflects off a river in Brazil. Flickr/ESA/NASA
Mt.Etna is an active volcano in Sicily. Flickr/ESA/NASA
The Southern Lights between Antarctica and Australia. Flickr/ESA/NASA