Cloudscape Over the Philippine Sea
Thunderhead anvils stretch out in three dimensions against the thin blue envelope of the atmopshere. Read more...
Fiery South Atlantic Sunset
Thin layers of lighter and darker blues reveal the many layers of the atmosphere. Read more...
Thunderstorms - South China Sea
Several large anvil thunderstorms roll over the South China Sea.
Salar de Atacama salt works - Chile
The Salar de Atacama in Chile is an enclosed basin with no drainage outlets and is considered to be one of the driest places on Earth.
Aurora Australis - Western Australia
A sinuous green aurora appears above a deck of clouds in this dramatic astronaut photograph from August 11, 2016.
Sangeang Volcano - South-central Indonesia
Evidence of a three year volcanic eruption in the 1980s still shows on Sangeang Volcano today.
Santorini - Greece
The islands of this tourist mecca are actually the rim of an old volcano. Read more...
Namib Desert - Southwestern Africa
Dunes grow upon dunes in one of the most visually spectacular places on Earth, as least from an astronaut's perspective.
Mount Fuji - Japan
The highest peak in Japan is one of the nation's most striking symbols. Read more...
Lake Urmia - Iran
This shallow, saline lake in Iran is one of the largest in the Middle East. But drought and water withdrawals for farming are shrinking it.
Lake Nasser - Egypt
Formed from the Aswan Dam and cycles of drought and flooding, astronauts and scientists have been monitoring the level of Lake Nasser for decades.