"Australia, you are very beautiful," Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted when he posted a photo of Queensland's Simpson Desert on 6 April. On 12 October, he began posting a series of pictures of Australia taken from 400km up as the International Space Station passed over the Outback.

The vivid red deserts and splashes of colour from dried-up salt lakes look more like abstract paintings than landscapes. There are another six photos still to come, so watch this, um, space: @StationCDRKelly

Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa
Australia from space
Scott Kelly/Nasa

Kelly, a space station commander, is planning to spend a year in space. He began his mission with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko on 27 March.