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Astronauts on board NASA's space shuttles the International Space Station (ISS) have a unique view of the world because of their position in a low orbit (200 nautical miles, 360 km). While they're circling high above the Earth, astronauts take advantage of the view and snap pictures to share with those of us back on the ground.
In the image above, NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel, STS-134 mission specialist, uses a still camera to photograph the topography of a point on Earth from a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station while space shuttle Endeavour remained docked with the station.
Here, in honor of the last space shuttle launch, we take a look at some of the amazing images that astronauts have taken while up in space in the shuttle era.