How the Earth looks from space

Moscow Nasa
The bright lights of Russia's capital city Moscow are seen beneath the colourful rays of the aurora borealis. The image was recently captured by astronauts on board the International Space Station flying at an altitude of approximately 240 miles.
An amazing image released by Nasa shows the UK and Ireland below the stunning greens and purples lights of the Aurora Borealis. The photo was taken on 28 March by the Expedition 30 crew onboard the International Space Station flying at an altitude of about 240 miles over the eastern North Atlantic.
Mauritania, Crater
Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers snapped a huge, copper-toned rock formation in Mauritania, West Africa, from the International Space Station. Photo credit: Nasa
Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s Manam Volcano is pictured as it releases a thin, faint plume, as clouds cluster at the volcano’s summit. The volcanic plume appears as a thin, blue-grey veil extending toward the northwest over the Bismarck Sea. Photo credit: Nasa
Mount Everest
Mount Everest and the Himalayas as seen from the International Space Station. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. It towers at a height of 8,848 meters above sea level. Photo credit: Nasa
A night time photograph taken by a member of the International Space Station Expedition 25 crew shows the bright lights of Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt, on the Mediterranean coast, as well as the River Nile flowing south from Egypt's capital city. Photo credit: Nasa
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
A clear shot of the artificial archipelagos of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah (left) and The World (right) taken from the International Space Station.
New York from space
An aerial image of New York City captured by one of the Expedition 28 crew members. Photo credit: Nasa
Cleveland Volcano, Alaska
This Nasa photo shows the eruption of Cleveland Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, as photographed by an Expedition 13 crew member on the International Space Station. The image captures the ash plume of the very short-lived eruption. Photo credit: Nasa (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Magaruque Island, Mozambique
This image shows the beauty of Bazaruto Island, St. Antonio Island and Magaruque Island in the Mozambique Channel from above. The breathtaking shot was taken by astronaut Clayton Anderson aboard the International Space Station. Photo credit: Nasa

Some awe-inspiring aerial shots of Earth taken by Nasa astronauts on board the International Space Station. Can you recognise any of the following features?