These are some images taken by Canadian Billionaire Guy Laliberte (founder of Cirque du Soleil) on his trip into space in 2009 via the Russian Soyuz rocket. The images were taken from 220 miles above earth while travelling at 17,500mph aboard the space station
Laliberte returned from his 11 day space travels with thousands of photos of Earth that he shot using a Nikon D3S and Nikon D3X. 102 of those epic photos are collected in the book "Gaia,". Laliberte said of the project "All the proceeds and my royalties go to raise money for the One Drop Foundation, (which he established in 2007 to address shortages of clean potable water around the world.) Eventually there will be a photo exhibition and we’ll sell the prints. This photo project has the potential of raising $10 million for One Drop."