The 2018 World Cup venues seen from space

A picture taken from the International Space Station (ISS) and released by the Russian space agency Roscosmos on May 31, 2018, shows the Saint Petersburg Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday in a tournament that takes place in 11 host cities and 12 venues.

As fans clamor to get tickets to one of the world's most premier sporting events, some people floating above the planet do not need any tickets at all and will have a bird's eye view of the all the action.

Here are the views of all 12 venues across Russia as seen from the International Space Station:

Photo above: Saint Petersburg Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Luzhniki Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia.
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Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Spartak Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia.
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Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Volgograd Arena, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Volgograd, Russia.
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Rostov Stadium, Rostov-on-Don
Rostov Arena, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
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Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg
Ekaterinburg Arena, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
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Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Kaliningrad, Russia.
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Kazan Arena, Kazan
Kazan Arena, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Kazan, Russia.
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Samara Arena, Samara
Samara Arena, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Samara, Russia.
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Fisht Stadium, Sochi
Fisht Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
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Nizhny Novgorod Stadium,  Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
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Mordovia Arena,  Saransk
Mordovia Arena, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Saransk, Russia.
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