An incredible view of Italy

Last updated 10:51 04/08/2014

INCREDIBLE ITALY: Italy, captured in all its glory, 200 miles (322km) from Earth.

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This is Italy like you've never seen before.

This spectacular view was taken from the International Space Station, 200 miles (322 km) from Earth on July 26th, 2014.

NASA astronauts Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman shared these amazing pictures on Facebook and other social media sites.

The International Space Station is the largest space lab ever built, some four times bigger than the Russian space station Mir and about five times as large as the US Skylab.

Although it is near weightless in space, the space station has a mass of 419,455 kilograms.

It is maintained by a rotating crew of six astronauts and cosmonauts from the US, Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan.


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