Look Ma. Top of the World!

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Want. Want. Want. To be there.


There’s no place like home.

Peering out of the windows of the International Space Station astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson takes in the planet on which we were all born, and to which she would soon return. About 350 kilometers up, the ISS is high enough so that the Earth’s horizon appears clearly curved. The space station orbits the Earth about once every 90 minutes.  The ISS can frequently be seen as a bright point of light drifting overhead just after sunset. The above image was taken in late September from the ISS’s Cupola window bay.

Dr. Dyson is a lead vocalist in the band Max Q.

We humans can achieve so much, it is hard to look at this picture and remember the inhumanity towards each other that we also do.


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3 Responses to Look Ma. Top of the World!

  1. Doug says:

    If we could all have that view, just once, we’d behave very differently after.

  2. Kzinti says:

    Haven’t won the lottery yet, but when I do, you are on the guest list…

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