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The sun reflects off the water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed July 17, 2014.   REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA

The sun reflects off the water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA

The sun reflects off the water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA
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Late summer plankton blooms across much of Lake Ontario.  REUTERS/NASA

Late summer plankton blooms across much of Lake Ontario. REUTERS/NASA

Late summer plankton blooms across much of Lake Ontario. REUTERS/NASA
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The islands of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, March 20, 2013.  REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

The islands of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

The islands of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield
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Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, February 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Chris Hadfield

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Hadfield

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Hadfield
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Finger Lakes, New York, March 22, 2013.  REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

Finger Lakes, New York, March 22, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

Finger Lakes, New York, March 22, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield
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The Nile and the Sinai Peninsula, March 20, 2013.  REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

The Nile and the Sinai Peninsula, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

The Nile and the Sinai Peninsula, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield
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Washington, D.C. with Andrews Air Force Base visible, March 22, 2013.  REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

Washington, D.C. with Andrews Air Force Base visible, March 22, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

Washington, D.C. with Andrews Air Force Base visible, March 22, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield
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An oblique view of Eastern Europe at night, with Budapest, Hungary in the foreground (center, L) and Kiev, Ukraine in the distance (top, C), October 15, 2011. 


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An oblique view of Eastern Europe at night, with Budapest, Hungary in the foreground (center, L) and Kiev, Ukraine in the distance (top, C), October 15, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

An oblique view of Eastern Europe at night, with Budapest, Hungary in the foreground (center, L) and Kiev, Ukraine in the distance (top, C), October 15, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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An undated composite image courtesy of NASA shows the view taken from a mounted camera on the International Space Station. A total of 18 images were used to create the composite. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

An undated composite image courtesy of NASA shows the view taken from a mounted camera on the International Space Station. A total of 18 images were used to create the composite. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

An undated composite image courtesy of NASA shows the view taken from a mounted camera on the International Space Station. A total of 18 images were used to create the composite. REUTERS/NASA/Handout
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Bushfires in Australia, January 2, 2013.  REUTERS/Chris Hadfield/NASA

Bushfires in Australia, January 2, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Hadfield/NASA

Bushfires in Australia, January 2, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Hadfield/NASA
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Shiraz, Iran, March 20, 2013.  REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

Shiraz, Iran, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

Shiraz, Iran, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield
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The sun about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean, May 5, 2013.  
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The sun about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean, May 5, 2013. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

The sun about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean, May 5, 2013. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters
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The moon above Earth.  REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

The moon above Earth. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

The moon above Earth. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield
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A large presence of stratocumulus clouds above the northwestern Pacific Ocean about 460 miles east of northern Honshu, Japan, January 4, 2013.  REUTERS/NASA

A large presence of stratocumulus clouds above the northwestern Pacific Ocean about 460 miles east of northern Honshu, Japan, January 4, 2013. REUTERS/NASA

A large presence of stratocumulus clouds above the northwestern Pacific Ocean about 460 miles east of northern Honshu, Japan, January 4, 2013. REUTERS/NASA
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Baghdad, Iraq, March 20, 2013.  REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

Baghdad, Iraq, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield

Baghdad, Iraq, March 20, 2013. REUTERS/CSA/Col. Chris Hadfield
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The Aurora Australis on an ascending pass west of Central America, September 18, 2011.  REUTERS/NASA/JSC

The Aurora Australis on an ascending pass west of Central America, September 18, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/JSC

The Aurora Australis on an ascending pass west of Central America, September 18, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/JSC
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Earth's airglow with an oblique view of the Mediterranean Sea area, including the Nile River with its delta and the Sinai Peninsula, October 15, 2011.

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Earth's airglow with an oblique view of the Mediterranean Sea area, including the Nile River with its delta and the Sinai Peninsula, October 15, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Earth's airglow with an oblique view of the Mediterranean Sea area, including the Nile River with its delta and the Sinai Peninsula, October 15, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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The aurora australis over the Southern Indian Ocean during a geomagnetic storm that was most likely caused by a coronal mass ejection from the Sun, May 29, 2010. 


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The aurora australis over the Southern Indian Ocean during a geomagnetic storm that was most likely caused by a coronal mass ejection from the Sun, May 29, 2010. REUTERS/ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science and Analysis...more

The aurora australis over the Southern Indian Ocean during a geomagnetic storm that was most likely caused by a coronal mass ejection from the Sun, May 29, 2010. REUTERS/ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center
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The space shuttle Discovery with Earth in the background as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station for docking, February 26, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Discovery with Earth in the background as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station for docking, February 26, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Discovery with Earth in the background as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station for docking, February 26, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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The India-Pakistan border appears as an orange line, August 21, 2011.


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The India-Pakistan border appears as an orange line, August 21, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

The India-Pakistan border appears as an orange line, August 21, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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A setting last quarter crescent moon and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere over central Asia, September 4, 2010. 


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A setting last quarter crescent moon and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere over central Asia, September 4, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

A setting last quarter crescent moon and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere over central Asia, September 4, 2010. REUTERS/NASA
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Hurricane Irene off the east coast of the United States, August 26, 2011. 


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Hurricane Irene off the east coast of the United States, August 26, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Expedition 28 - International Space Station/Goddard Space Flight Center

Hurricane Irene off the east coast of the United States, August 26, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Expedition 28 - International Space Station/Goddard Space Flight Center
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A view of the Midwestern United States at night with the Aurora Borealis, September 29, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

A view of the Midwestern United States at night with the Aurora Borealis, September 29, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

A view of the Midwestern United States at night with the Aurora Borealis, September 29, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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The International Space Station with the Earth, November 25, 2009. 


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The International Space Station with the Earth, November 25, 2009. REUTERS/NASA

The International Space Station with the Earth, November 25, 2009. REUTERS/NASA
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Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean, September 17, 2011. 


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Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean, September 17, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean, September 17, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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A night time view of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains cities, October 16, 2011. 


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A night time view of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains cities, October 16, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

A night time view of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains cities, October 16, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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The moon over layers of the Earth's atmosphere. 



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The moon over layers of the Earth's atmosphere. REUTERS/NASA

The moon over layers of the Earth's atmosphere. REUTERS/NASA
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The space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights shows the shuttle on its way home through a window of the space station, July 21, 2011.


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The space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights shows the shuttle on its way home through a window of the space station, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights shows the shuttle on its way home through a window of the space station, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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The bright lights of Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt on the Mediterranean coast as well as the Nile River and its delta, October 28, 2010. 

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The bright lights of Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt on the Mediterranean coast as well as the Nile River and its delta, October 28, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

The bright lights of Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt on the Mediterranean coast as well as the Nile River and its delta, October 28, 2010. REUTERS/NASA
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A full moon is visible with part of the International Space Station's solar array wing, September 3, 2009. REUTERS/NASA

A full moon is visible with part of the International Space Station's solar array wing, September 3, 2009. REUTERS/NASA

A full moon is visible with part of the International Space Station's solar array wing, September 3, 2009. REUTERS/NASA
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The International Space Station with Earth in the background, photographed by a crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, February 9, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

The International Space Station with Earth in the background, photographed by a crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, February 9, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

The International Space Station with Earth in the background, photographed by a crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, February 9, 2010. REUTERS/NASA
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Fires burn on the continent of Australia, with smoke plumes faintly visible in the night sky, September 17, 2011. 

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Fires burn on the continent of Australia, with smoke plumes faintly visible in the night sky, September 17, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Fires burn on the continent of Australia, with smoke plumes faintly visible in the night sky, September 17, 2011. REUTERS/NASA
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A view of Sicily and the "boot" of Italy, October 28, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

A view of Sicily and the "boot" of Italy, October 28, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

A view of Sicily and the "boot" of Italy, October 28, 2010. REUTERS/NASA
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The space shuttle Endeavour is silhouetted against the backdrop of Earth's horizon prior to docking with the International Space Station, February 9, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour is silhouetted against the backdrop of Earth's horizon prior to docking with the International Space Station, February 9, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour is silhouetted against the backdrop of Earth's horizon prior to docking with the International Space Station, February 9, 2010. REUTERS/NASA
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