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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

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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

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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

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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

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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 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

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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. REUTERS/NASA

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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

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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. REUTERS/NASA

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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. REUTERS/NASA

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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. 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. 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

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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

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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

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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

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