The following images of the Earth taken from outer space are absolutely awe inspiring. Posted on Flickr by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut André Kuipers, who is the second Dutch astronaut to fly out to space, they are part of the agency's research and Kuipers' work.

We're mesmerized by these stunning photographs. Some of them look surreal, while others, like the night shots, are simply too beautiful for words.

Between Day and Night
France Coastline
Galapagos Islands
Vietnam Coastline
The Sahara Desert
Middle East and Europe
The Palm and The World Islands, Dubai
Somalian Desert
Australian Outback
Johannesburg at night

To see more photographs, visit André Kuipers' Flickr Page

Images copyright ESA/NASA

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