Planet Earth: As Seen From Outer Space
Every once in a while you run across something that stops you dead in your tracks. Something that’s so delightful that it somehow manages to stop all the senseless rushing, the cell phones constantly “buzzing” or vibrating with Tweets, the many [intruding] ring tones going off non-stop everywhere and or the general hyper-speed “hustle and bustle” of everyday life in 2010. This is NO small feat I know! So I am sure you are wondering, what in the world could be so great?
Well, can you please put down your cell phone for 5 minutes, turn off your TV’s or other noise-makers etc., take a single deep breath —leave all of your troubles behind for a moment and just feast your eyes on what I have for you today OK? It’s such a simple request…
“It’s the stuff of dreams” – Douglas Wheelock
*The following excerpt is from this AOL News/Science feed. Make sure you go to the site for the other 37 pictures from all over the world! I thought I would share these beautiful photos of planet Earth from outer space. These shots were taken by astronaut Douglas Wheelock and shared via his popular Twitter feed.
“The Earth at night, when viewed from space, is a beautiful mosaic of light that stirs the imagination,” he tweeted Wednesday, alongside an image of South Africa.
The images are indeed dazzling: the lights of Ireland sparkling by night, a high peak in the Andes reaching up toward outer space and a dizzying view of the African continent stretching from Casablanca in Morocco down the Atlantic coast.
Wheelock has delighted his Twitter fans with the photos, even taking pictures of Hurricane Earl from space and offering up a series of “mystery” photos so followers can guess the destination pictures in the image. He is scheduled to come home Nov. 30.
The astronaut says he has mixed feelings that his five-month mission aboard the International Space Station is almost complete. On Wednesday, he shared a shot of Aurora Borealis (or the “Northern Lights”).
“Aurora Borealis as I will forever paint it in my dreams. Almost time to return home … no regrets, but mixed emotions,” he tweeted. “Leonardo da Vinci was right…
“For once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been…and there you will long to return.”