Canadian Chris Hadfield snapped the astonishing images over the past few days to give space fans an insight into the incredible views enjoyed from 250 miles above the planet’s surface.
Via the internet connection on the space station, he updates his Twitter and Google+ accounts daily with the beautiful pictures he has taken and news on the progress of the various missions and experiments he and his colleagues carry out
Commander Hadfield has been taking the Twitterverse by storm from aboard the ISS since he arrived on the ISS on December 21.
But the 53-year-old’s accomplishments spread far beyond the field of photography.
Not only is the 53-year-old set to take command of the space station, but he is also preparing to jam with the head man of indie pop group the Barenaked Ladies and chat with William Shatner in a webcast organised by the Canadian Space Agency.
These, his most recent set of pictures, were taken over the past week or so and show locations as diverse as San Francisco’s glittering lights and breathtaking cloud formations over Africa.
Not all the images are labelled with their location, but each presents an entrancing view of our jewel-like planet from a vantage point few will ever be able to see it.
The first Canadian to walk in space, Commander Hadfield, 53, a former air force fighter pilot, has previously flown two Space Shuttle missions in 1995 and 2001.