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This stunning photo of Mauritania was taken by JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 19, 2014.

This stunning photo of Mauritania was taken by JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 19, 2014.

The 32 best images taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station as voted by his Facebook followers

The 32 best images taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station as voted by his Facebook followers

A view of Banks Peninsula in New Zealand photographed from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.

A view of Banks Peninsula in New Zealand photographed from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.

Winner of this year’s theme, ‘The Moon’ at the 2014 Central West Astronomical Society AstroFest, David Malin Photography Awards: “Marine Moonset” by Phil Hart. 2014 Astrofest photo winners | News.com.au

Winner of this year’s theme, ‘The Moon’ at the 2014 Central West Astronomical Society AstroFest, David Malin Photography Awards: “Marine Moonset” by Phil Hart. 2014 Astrofest photo winners | News.com.au

http://www.nasa.gov/content/space-station-flies-over-super-typhoon-maysak/

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NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

Learn why famous meteor showers like the Perseids and Leonids occur every year [<a href="http://www.space.com/18507-meteor-showers-shooting-stars-infographic.html">See the Full Infographic Here</a>].

Learn why famous meteor showers like the Perseids and Leonids occur every year [<a href="http://www.space.com/18507-meteor-showers-shooting-stars-infographic.html">See the Full Infographic Here</a>].

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

Small islands in the Bahamas photographed from low Earth orbit: An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of small island cays in the Bahamas and the prominent tidal channels cutting between them. For astronauts, this is one of the most recognizable points on the planet.

Small islands in the Bahamas photographed from low Earth orbit: An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of small island cays in the Bahamas and the prominent tidal channels cutting between them. For astronauts, this is one of the most recognizable points on the planet.

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