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Joplin Tornado: The View From Space

The heart-breaking photos are those being taken on the ground today, of course, and there is a gallery of shots on the of the devastation in Joplin, Mo., where a tornado ripped through on Sunday — killing, it's feared, more than 100 people.

The view from hundreds of miles up in space is also awe-inspiring for how it shows the size of the storm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has posted them online, and they're available for downloading.

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