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NASA's Celebrating Earth Day With The Most Mind-Blowing Photos Of Our Planet

What a beautiful place.

23/04/2016 2:41 AM AEST | Updated 23/04/2016 2:41 AM AEST
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NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a unique view of Earth from the spacecraft's orbit around the moon.

Earth Day gives us a chance to reflect on the amazing planet we live on and how we can work together to preserve it. And there's no better way to see just how lucky we are than by getting a glimpse of Earth from space. 

That's why NASA has compiled some of its favorite photos of the Blue Planet. The images, taken by astronauts and various spacecrafts, capture beautiful views of the world that few people can experience in person. They range from astronauts' social media posts to older images taken during earlier space missions. 

See a selection of the photos from NASA below, and head to the NASA site to see more.

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    An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of small island cays in the Bahamas and the prominent tidal channels cutting between them.
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    European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst posted this photo taken from the International Space Station to social media on Aug. 29, 2014.
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    During an International Space Station flyover of Australia, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams shared this colorful image of the northwestern Australian coastline with his social media followers on March 29, 2016.
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    On Oct. 12-13, 2015, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shared a series of seventeen photographs taken from the International Space Station during a flyover of Australia.
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    Astronaut Tim Peake of the European Space Agency shared this stunning photograph with his social media followers on Jan. 25, 2016, writing, "Beautiful night pass over Italy, Alps and Mediterranean."
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    This photograph of the Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank was taken during the Gemini IV mission on June 4, 1965.
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    An aerial view of Egmont National Park in New Zealand.
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    This photo of northern Australia, taken by the crew of Expedition 43 on board the International Space Station, captures the imagination with its brilliant blues and rugged cliffs. 
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    This image from the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite shows Alaska and Yukon's Hubbard Glacier on July 22, 2014.
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    NASA's Earth Observatory has tracked down images resembling all 26 letters of the English alphabet using only NASA satellite imagery and astronaut photography. This letter 'Y' image shows an aerial view of yardangs, elongated landforms sculpted by erosion and similar to sand dunes, but comprised of sandstone or siltstone.
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    Aboard the International Space Station on Feb. 9, 2015, NASA astronaut Terry Virts captured this image of the African continent through the station's Cupola window.
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    The remotely controlled Sally Ride EarthKAM aboard the International Space Station snapped this striking photograph of South Africa on Feb. 9, 2016.
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