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.
To see more photographs, visit André Kuipers' Flickr Page
Images copyright ESA/NASA