Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Flying Over Earth at Night

View the Earth as seen at night from the near-earth orbiting space craft, Sky Lab. This is a time-lapsed video compilation, so it's speeded up from what you would see if you were up there looking out the window.

The flashes of light at the end of each segment is the arrival of dawn which happens every hour and a half up there. Look sharply at 1:08. Yep, that's the boot of Italy as you fly down towards Israel and Cairo.

Look at this image. Do you see Italy? You're looking south at Italy from somewhere over the French/German border.

We live on a small and fragile planet. We are interconnected. It's obvious from space.

I wish we humans could release of all our nationalistic tendencies, zero out our military budgets, and get down to the business of taking care of our precious little lifeboat in space.

It is long past time that we do.

Flying Over the Earth at Night 
Video Credit: Gateway to Astronaut PhotographyNASA ; Compilation: Bitmeizer (YouTube); 
Music: Freedom Fighters (Two Steps from Hell)


steven said...

it's a beautiful place . . . my own sense dan is that one small part of our work is to acknowledge that . . . a larger part is to enhance that . . . . steven

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, steven, thank you for leaving a comment. Yes, absolutely the first thing is to notice here and now and up close (we don't need to go into orbit!) just how wonderfully beautiful our home is. Then, once we take that in, to acknowledge and add to the beauty in whatever ways we can.

Paritosh said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful video .