There are not many people who get to see the whole world in a single glance but it’s one of the perks of life aboard the International Space Station. Using their Instagram accounts, these astronauts give the rest of us here on Earth a glimpse from their unusual and awe-inspiring perspective.
Do you recognize any of these places from the view of the floating station?
Answer: Of course it’s the Grand Canyon in Arizona and to the right you can also see Lake Powell.
Answer: In this image the ISS hovered over the Himalaya Mountains where astronaut Scott Kelly captured a fascinating snap of a glowing frozen lake.
Answer: Almeria is the world’s largest region for growing fruits and vegetables under plastic and glass roofs. These greenhouses join together to cover an area of 35,000 square meters.
Answer: Venice’s historic centre is made up of 118 small islands together, with houses in the Venetian Lagoon built on millions of wooden piles.
Answer: Astronaut Kjell Lindberg shot this photo near the Black Sea.
Answer: Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is located in Tanzania on the border with Kenya.
Answer: Mecca is the centre of the Muslim faith and the Great Mosque can be seen in this photo captured from space. Non-Muslims are forbidden from entering the city.
Answer: Yes, it’s New York City sparkling at night. You can make out the especially bright lights of midtown Manhattan with Times Square right on Central Park.