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Night passes from the International Space Station

In the second and third images, you can see how development has lined the Nile and Mississippi rivers. (In the bottom image, the Mississippi appears at top, above the ISS, angling upward and to the right from the bright blob of New Orleans).

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A handout photograph made available by NASA on 17 November 2010 showing Sicily and the 'boot' of Italy, at night with the Mediterranean Sea representing most of the visible water in the view and the Adriatic Sea to the right of centre. Tunisia is partially visible on the left in this night time image shot by one of the Expedition 25 crew members aboard the International Space Station flying 354 km above Earth on 28 October 2010.

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A night time photograph made by an International Space Station Expedition 25 crewmember shows the bright lights of Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt on the Mediterranean coast as well as the Nile River and its delta which stand out clearly in this image released by NASA and taken October 28, 2010.

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A night time photograph made by an International Space Station Expedition 25 crewmember shows a view of the northern Gulf coast in this image provided by NASA and taken October 29, 2010. The lights of Mobile Bay, New Orleans and Houston are visible as well as the Interstate Highway 20 cities of Jackson, Shreveport, Dallas and Fort Worth as the view extends northward (left) to Little Rock and Oklahoma City.