European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst has a pretty unique view of planet Earth aboard the International Space Station, and so he has been sharing photographs of painting-like landscapes on Twitter.
Gerst, who is also a geophysicist and volcanologist, shared the photos below with his 120,000 Twitter followers within the past month.
He has been aboard the orbiting space lab since the end of May and is due to return to Earth in November.
Gerst is working as part of US space agency NASA’s Expedition 40, along with fellow flight engineers Reid Wiseman, Maxim Suraev, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, and Commander Steve Swanson.
The crew is carrying out various European and international science experiments, and Gerst has also been busy with his camera:
The Vredefort crater in South Africa
The Andes mountains in South America
Mount Etna volcano in Sicily
Probably river in Kazakhstan, or “slightly west of it”, Gerst tweeted
A gas field in Kazakhstan
Irrigation in the Sahara Desert
The pyramids in Egypt
A flooded part of the Amazon River
Clouds form a pattern around an island (Gerst didn’t identify the island in his tweet)
The Mideast conflict, visible from space