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Incredible Photos Capture The World’s Biggest Cities From Space

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1 of 18|New York City, New York, USA|Image: Scott Kelly
2 of 18|Istanbul, Turkey|Image: NASA
3 of 18|Shanghai, China|Image: Scott Kelly
4 of 18|Porto, Portugal|Image: NASA
5 of 18|Washington DC, USA|Image: Scott Kelly
6 of 18|Budapest, Hungary|Image: Chris Hadfield
7 of 18|Tokyo, Japan|Image: NASA
8 of 18|San Francisco, California, USA|Image: Scott Kelly
9 of 18|Paris, France|Image: NASA
10 of 18|Bangkok, Thailand|Image: NASA
11 of 18|Dubai, UAE|Image: Scott Kelly
12 of 18|Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|Image: Scott Kelly
13 of 18|Barcelona, Spain|Image: Scott Kelly
14 of 18|Milan, Italy|Image: NASA
15 of 18|Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|Image: Scott Kelly
16 of 18|Los Angeles, California, USA|Image: NASA
17 of 18|Brasilia, Brazil|Image: NASA
18 of 18|London, England|Image: Tim Peake

Our love of travel photography is well documented. From the pros at NatGeo to the wanderlust-worthy snaps that light up our Instagram feeds, few things instill a deeper appreciation for our planet than an awe-inspiring image.

Now imagine those images come from space. The awe-factor is instantly cranked up to eleven. And as for the wanderlust, well… some of us are (im)patiently awaiting the arrival of commercial space flight.

The good news is, while Elon and Sir Richard get to work on that, we can still enjoy the interstellar view without leaving Earth’s surface. Several astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured incredible photos of the planet’s major cities from space and they’re – can we say “awe-inspiring” again without sounding corny?

Tim Peake, Chris Hadfield, and Scott Kelly are amongst the astro-photographers who have gifted us these dazzling views. Their snapshots capture the likes of London, Paris, Shanghai, Bangkok, and New York City as sparkling spiderwebs spreading through darkness. Something about seeing evidence of human civilisation’s triumph is extremely powerful.

Take a look at a selection of their spectacular space photos above. Can you guess the cities without looking at the captions?




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