NASA Astronaut Snaps Stunning Holy Land Photos for Christmas

Photos taken from space show beauty of Earth on a sunny, crisp Christmas morning.

Israel, center bottom; Jordan, on the right, Syria and Lebanon.
Israel, center bottom; Jordan, on the right. NASA/Barry Wilmore

NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, who is currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, took some beautiful photos of the Middle East on what was a sunny, crisp Chistmas morning in the Holy Land.

The photos were uploaded to the ISS's Facebook page, with the caption "Astronaut Barry Wilmore woke up early on Christmas to reflect upon the beauty of the Earth and snap some images to share with the world."

The larger Levant, stretching from the Sinai Desert in the top left to the Iraq-Jordan-Syria junction in the bottom right. Haifa Bay at center. NASA/Barry Wilmore
Syria's Euphrates river, bottom right. Israel is on the far left. NASA/Barry Wilmore
The Dead Sea. NASA/Barry Wilmore
The Sea of Galilee. NASA/Barry Wilmore
The Jordan River, running from the Galilee into the Dead Sea, center. JordanNASA/Barry Wilmore