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Astronauts have been capturing photographs of the ever-changing Earth for more than 40 years, and NASA has been cataloging and studying them since the beginning. This page is an archive of images that have been featured on the JSC Web. For more images, visit Astronaut Photography of Earth.

IMAGE: Boston, MassachusettsBoston, Massachusetts - This image provides a good bird's-eye view of the center of Boston, including famous colonial and independence locations extending from Boston Common to the North End.
IMAGE: Honolulu, HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii - Expedition 7 NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu considers Honolulu to be his hometown, and the view from from the International Space Station clearly inspired him to photograph it. The city is striking for the way it is bound by surrounding geography.
IMAGE: Toquepala copper mine, PeruToquepala Copper Mine, Peru - The rugged, mineral-rich Andes Mountains support some of the world's biggest mines -- gold, silver, copper and more. This image looks down the bull's-eye of Peru's Toquepala copper mine, a steep-sided and stepped open-pit mine.
IMAGE: Coastal dunes in northern BrazilCoastal Dunes, Lenšˇis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil - In an area with a rich supply of sand such as coastal Brazil, a part of the dune field is now protected as the Lenšˇis Maranhenses National Park, on Brazil's northern coast.
IMAGE: Johannesburg, South AfricaJohannesburg, South Africa - How do local economies and politics influence patterns of human settlement and development that these patterns can be identified from space? This mosaic of images of Johannesburg, South Africa, illustrates the human geography of the region.
IMAGE: Noumea, New CaledoniaNoumea, New Caledonia - New Caledonia represents a nexus of cultures and resources. At its center is Grande Terre, the third largest island in the Pacific Ocean, which supports the second largest barrier reef in the world with a very high level of biodiversity.
IMAGE: Merapi Volcano, JavaMerapi Volcano, Java - More than 50,000 people live adjacent the treacherous southwestern slope of Merapi Volcano, where volcanic material often sloughs from the unstable summit. Merapi is on Java, one of the islands of Indonesia.
IMAGE: Egypt's Great Pyramids of GizaEgypt’s Great Pyramids of Giza - Giza is a royal burial place, commissioned and built by Egyptian pharaohs around 2550 B.C. Started by Khufu and continued by his son and grandson, the complex includes tombs and temples for queens, royal family members and attendants.
IMAGE: Austin, TexasAustin, Texas - Austin is an expanding city in the Texas Hill Country. Its exploding population and increasing development stress local resources like water, green space and transportation networks, prompting city planners to think through scenarios for future development.
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