No this is not Star Wars or any other movie that makes Earth look better, it turns out we live in a place that we probably don’t realize how beautiful it is. Dutch astronaut André Kuipers is not only an astronaut but also one talented photographer who is on board the space station right now and set to return next month (May 2012).

The photography he has taken is very professional and shows a different side of Earth taken 400 kilometers above the planet. Earth has many things to offer, as captured by these photographs, you see city lights, rough terrains, snowy areas, etc. and they all look beautiful. For the technical gurus, André uses Nikon D3S and D2Xs and though I love Canon, these photos are marvelous.

You can see more of André’s photography on his flickr gallery.