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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see every detail of the Earth from a high point, such as space? Just imagine the different view, something breathtaking.

For 21-years, The International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting around Earth. And, since then, astronauts have taken millions of pictures of the breathtaking views from space. They have taken photos of everything, from calm Caribbean waters to sprawling city lights to volcanic eruptions.

On November 20, 1998, the first module of the space station was launched into orbit. Two years later, the first crew of astronauts arrived. Humans have lived onboard the ISS continuously in the 13 years since. The longest-lasting human presence in space.

Astronauts have spent some of their time up there, capturing some of the most gorgeous images from all over. The views can sometimes be hard to believe.

NASA astronaut, Mike Massimino, explained: "How can something so beautiful be tolerated by human eyes?"

Usually, six people live and work together in the station, orbiting Earth about every 90 minutes.

That means they see 16 sunrises and sunsets every day.

Today, the ISS orbits about 400km above Earth.

The astronauts inside don't always know or share much detail about the sights they see. But many say they never get bored with the views.

Astronaut, Kathy Sullivan, told National Geographic; "I'm not sure I'd want to be in the same room with someone who could get tired of that." 

Astronaut, Scott Kelly, shared some of the most colourful photos and his favourite views on social media.

From 2015 to 2016, Kelly spent 340 consecutive days on the space station. It was the longest single human spaceflight ever.

On cloudless nights, some views are even more spectacular to the astronauts. They call Paris "the city of lights" for a reason.
These space-travellers have one of the best views of the Caribbean. They revealed that when the Caribbean isn't plagued by cyclones, the Bahamas are a calm blue oasis from above.

The aurora borealis is one of nature's most fascinating artworks. It appears when electrically charged particles from the sun collide with oxygen and nitrogen in Earth's atmosphere.

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