When we were children, pretty much all of us wanted to be astronauts when we grew up. Sadly enough, it's more likely than not that anyone currently reading this didn't achieve their life goal of hanging out with the stars. After all, scoring the job title of an astronaut is not nearly as easy as you might think. However, those who were successful do a good job rubbing salt into the wound by reminding us they can see and do things most of us never will: like peering down at our blue marble from above.

This newly-released image of the Sahara desert from the International Space Station, which was taken on September 8, 2014 by astronaut Alex Gerst, is yet another sight to be envious of.

The Sahara from space  (Image Credit: Alex Gerst) (See a larger image here)

According to NASA:

Here, we've compiled some of the best images ever taken through the eyes of an astronaut (and shared on social media):

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