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Friday, July 29, 2011

Billionaire Guy Laliberte's Photographs From Space

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."

Kazakhstan, off the coast of the Caspian Sea

Turkey, the Euphrates by Guy Laliberte

Chad, at the foot of the Emi Koussi volcano.

"When you're on Earth as a kid, I would lie on the grass and see the clouds in motion -- just reverse that. I was in space and looking at Earth, and living the same relationship. So when I started taking pictures I was playful, trying to take pictures of shapes and animals. The framing is intentional. I was doing it for myself. " ~  Guy Laliberte

 Kazakhstan, Caspian Sea,
 Kazakhstan, off the coast of the Caspian sea.
Mongolia, western region, Lake Har Us Nuur

Chad, Sahara Desert
Tibet Lake Duli Shihu

 China, Hotan region
Kazakhstan on the border of Lake Tengiz
Guy in space with his Nikon D3X

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