From ground level, Earth wasn’t a great place to be in 2020. From outer space, however, it looked as beautiful as ever. NASA just released its 20 favorite images taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station throughout the past year.

According to NASA, “The men and women who live and work on the International Space Station take thousands of photographs of their home planet every year, and we asked the folks at the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a few of their favorites from 2020.”

All of these photos were taken using a Nikon D4 or D5 camera, with several interchangeable lenses to capture unique perspectives. From documenting the fall colors of Ottawa, Canada, to the Australian sunrise, the photos capture Earth’s natural beauty.

Cuba and the Bahamas

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Cooper Creek, Australia

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Corsica in Sunglint

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Dust over Cyprus

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Fall colors near Ottawa, Canada

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The Great Lakes

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Kerguelen Islands

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Wind farms on Maui

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Moonrise over the southern Atlantic Ocean

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Lakes and fires, southern Kenya

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Sunrise over Great Australian Bight

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Paris at night

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Flooding along the Nile in Sudan

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New Zealand

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Terminator over western Australia

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Airglow above the western Indian Ocean

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Dust plume over southern Argentina

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Reefs of Moindou Bay, New Caledonia

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Cloud swirl above the northern Sahara Desert

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Earth and moon from Crew Dragon

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