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Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

International Space Station (ISS) astronaut Kjell Lindgren has treated his Twitter fans to a host of spectacular images over the last few weeks, sharing stunning images of the natural and man-made beauty of Earth. The US astronaut is spending a year aboard the ISS as part of Nasa's Expedition 45.

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

"It's easy to see contrails up here. If you snap a photo of the tip, you sometimes get a picture like this!"

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

The aerial view of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge which the crew of the ISS are treated to.

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

A view of Los Angeles. Lindgren Tweeted "Lookin good LA! Hey sis!" in reference to his sister who resides there

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

"One of my favorite photos from last Friday's spacewalk," said Lindgren

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

Lindgren shows his followers what a lightning cloud looks like from above

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

"These magnificent dunes remind me of an Escher drawing," said Lindgren

As well as man-made structures and natural phenomena, Lindgren has been tweeting images with the hashtag #StoryOfWater. Nasa explained in a statement: "Unfortunately, many people around the world lack access to clean water. Using technology developed for the space station, at-risk areas can gain access to advanced water filtration and purification systems, making a life-saving difference in these communities. Joint collaborations between aid organisations and Nasa technology show just how effectively space research can adapt to contribute answers to global problems. The commercialisation of this station-related technology has provided aid and disaster relief for communities worldwide."

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

The Oman oil rig network as seen from space. "The delicate fingerprints of water imprinted on the sand. The #StoryOfWater," tweeted Lindgren.

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

Lindgren: "The Great Barrier Reef outlines the coast of Australia in turquoise and blue. The #StoryOfWater."

Out of this world: ISS astronaut Kjell Lindgren treats Twitter followers to spectacular images of Earth from space

The Haditha Dam Lake in Iraq, where "Colours patiently swirl" according to Lindgren.
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