Over the past few weeks, space headlines have been dominated by other worlds: Clear images of Pluto for the first time, the “closest cousin” to Earth ever discovered, the ongoing exploration of our planetary neighbor Mars. With all this excitement, it’s easy to forget that we live on a pretty amazing and mysterious planet of our own.
Thankfully, we have NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who’s currently about four months into his year aboard the International Space Station, to remind us of Earth’s beauty. Kelly has been extremely active on Twitter and Instagram, showing what space-living is like and snapping photos of Earth that no one else in the universe is capable of taking.
His latest round of photos are truly a sight to behold. Forget Pluto or “Kepler 452b”—Earth is the most beautiful planet there is. These photos, which NASA curated and posted to Facebook today (July 28), make our home look like a planet straight out of a science fiction movie.