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Only those who are privileged enough to travel into space will ever have the opportunity to view Earth from space first-hand. That is a shame since the planet offers up some of the most incredible, beautiful sights imaginable. The views from here on the ground simply do not compare. These images were all snapped from aboard the International Space Station. Thankfully, the astronauts on board the vessel are more than willing to share their space pictures with those of us stuck here by cruel, cruel gravity. Some of the pictures show incredibly elegant cloud formations while others display unusual land formations.
Last modified September 2008 by rwo Text copyright © 1998-2008 Robert W. O'Connell. All rights reserved. Opening fisheye lens picture of comet Hale-Bopp and night sky from Ujue, Spain, April 1997, copyright © J. C.
Pale blue dot (Earth from 4 billion miles away). Image: Voyager 1 /NASA, 6 June 1990 [ Public domain ]. As we enter the holiday season, I wanted to share something that I think we all can agree upon: a love for our one and only home in this unimaginably huge universe. Upon seeing the above image of planet Earth, photographed from 4 billion miles away by Voyager 1 , astronomer Carl Sagan was so moved that he wrote out his thoughts about the deeper meaning of this photograph. He later read his thoughts aloud, which are included in this short video tribute:
Marvin the Martian's front lawn - Franny Wentzel - Saturday, April 24th, 2010 : goo [previous] :: [next] This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission.