The photo above was not taken from a satellite, space station or the Space Shuttle; amazingly, it was shot with a common point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot A570 attached to a freaking balloon.
Not just any balloon, of course. Iowa firefighter and photo hobbyist Pete Lilja connects his Canon to a weather balloon, then sends it aloft to snap photos autonomously. A software hack allows him to set the camera to snap shots every 15 seconds during its flight, and an attached GPS transmitter in a cushioned box allows him to find the camera after it's returned to Earth. The shot above was taken at an amazing 100,000 feet above Iowa.