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Nasa captures incredible photo of UK from space

This NASA photograph shows the beauty of the United Kingdom from space. Credit: PA

NASA have captured an image of the UK in all its beauty, revealing the nation's expansive green lands and surrounding waters.

The picture was taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station in low Earth orbit, as it travelled past on February 26 at exactly 9.25 in the morning.

The spacecraft's altitude was 214 nautical miles away from Earth - about the same distance it takes to drive from central London to Manchester by car via the M40.

A Nikon D5 was used to snap the shot, with a 17-35mm zoom lens, looking through a window of the International Space Station over the sea between Wales and Ireland.

Last year, the International Space Station celebrated 20 years since it was first launched, though the first batch of long-term residents did not arrive until two years later in November 2000.

In its lifetime, the station has been home to 236 astronauts, including British ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Major Tim Peake, who was an inhabitant from December 15, 2015 until June 18, 2016.