The easily recognized boot of Italy and the Balkans at night photographed from ISS

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What simply amazes me about the view of Earth from space is that, during the day, it may seem uninhabited; untouched by mankind. An unfamiliar being may very well view it through some advanced telescope many light years away and move on, thinking it to be of no intelligent worth.

And then, as night rolls over, the land seems to reflect upon itself the sky, becoming dotted with millions of artificial stars. Where once there was only luscious green there is now sodium orange. And WE made this. WE, as a race, have built up the courage to conquer the rock which sculpted us. We have dared to write our history across the surface of the earth in concrete and street lights. We have flung ourselves and our creations to the very limits of endeavour, and we can only hope to never cease this habit of adventure.

If, in a thousand years, Mars and the Moon glow from human lights, let’s hope that they too will look down with their eyes or telescopes and see what we see today; The perfect blue of day and the sea of fire at night. For humans are hardy, and we play with creation like Gods do. Never shall we forget our home; our little blue dot in the infiniscape of time and space.

Our pale blue, green, and starry dot.

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