Earth From Afar

“It’s hard to appreciate the Earth when you’re down right upon it because it’s so huge.
It gives you in an instant, just at a position 240,000 miles away from it, (an idea of) how insignificant we are, how fragile we are, and how fortunate we are to have a body that will allow us to enjoy the sky and the trees and the water … It’s something that many people take for granted when they’re born and they grow up within the environment. But they don’t realize what they have. And I didn’t till I left it.”
—Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 and 13.

When astronauts return from space, what they talk about isn’t the brute force of the rocket launch or the exhilaration of zero gravity. It’s the view. And it’s mankind’s rarest view of all, Earth from afar. It’s hard to explain this and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so scroll down and be amazed.

Earth and the Moon

Earth and the Moon

Step back for a few seconds and take a look at Earth from 31 million miles away. What were you doing on May 29th? On that day, NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft was wandering around space at 23,000 miles per hour, taking a time-lapse photo of the moon passing in front of the earth. Though 31 million miles sounds like a long way away, in the grand scheme of things, that spacecraft was right next to us.

Earths and Jupiter as seen from the Mars Global Surveyor on May 22, 2003. When the Mars Orbiter Camera snapped this unique view, Earth was 86 million miles away, and Jupiter was 600 million miles away. Yes I got the numbers correct, shows you really how small Earth is

Earths and Jupiter as seen from the Mars Global Surveyor on May 22, 2003. When the Mars Orbiter Camera snapped this unique view, Earth was 86 million miles away, and Jupiter was 600 million miles away. Yes I got the number's correct, shows you really how small Earth is

Earth and Jupiter

Earth and Jupiter

Here's a closeup of Earth from that shot, where you can almost see North and South America.

Here's a closeup of Earth from that shot, where you can almost see North and South America.

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