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Is this reddish landscape on another world or right here on Earth?

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It's here on Earth, as seen by European astronaut Paolo Nespoli (@Astro_Paolo), who shared this image saying it featured "the maze of canyons, mesas, and mounds" from Canyonlands National Park (@canyonlandsnps) in Utah. He noted that this landscape was "created by the Colorado River and the Green River. " Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for more than 50 years. Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken more than 1.5 million photographs of the Earth. Today, the International Space Station (@ISS) continues the tradition of Earth observation from human-tended spacecraft. Operational since November 2000, the station is well suited for documenting Earth features as it maintains an altitude between 220-286 miles (354-460 km) above the Earth. That provides an excellent stage for observing most populated areas of the world. Image credit: ESA/
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