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Astronaut Captures Breathtaking Photo of the Rooftop of the World

The image features the rugged Tibetan Plateau against the blackness of space
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Karen Nyberg/NASA/Twitter
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

The photo is breathtaking, featuring the blackness of space, the curvature of the Earth, the sun gleaming off the ocean and finally, in the foreground, the rugged Tibetan Plateau. U.S. astronaut Karen Nyberg captured the image from the International Space Station and posted it to Twitter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

The Tibetan Plateau stretches roughly 1,600 miles long and 600 miles wide across Tibet and parts of western China and India. It's often called "the rooftop of the world," and for good reason: It includes the highest spot on Earth, Mount Everest, and a slew of other towering Himalayan peaks.

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