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Stunning Video: View From International Space Station Reminds Us What We Can Achieve And What We Must Protect

By Climate Guest Contributor on August 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

"Stunning Video: View From International Space Station Reminds Us What We Can Achieve And What We Must Protect"

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View from the ISS at Night from Knate Myers on Vimeo.

by Dominique Browning, Senior Director of Moms Clean Air Force

I just stumbled on this gift of a link from a friend, having just gotten home from seeing the latest Batman movie, which I loved though it nearly made me crazy with anxiety. (I am a Batman freak from childhood, he was always my favorite superhero.)

I was in a mood of wonder, at how apocalyptic the world can get, and yet how people always have hope. What with drought, floods, blow outs of electric grids, searing heat waves, the fate of the world has been weighing on my mind–as it has on anyone who thinks about global warming.

Then I opened this video of scenes (above) from the International Space Station. It moved me to tears. The stunning beauty of this planet of ours. How vulnerable we are, how tiny in that infinitely spangled sky– and how large this world is, at the same time; our only home, containing everything we know and love. And how ingenious, how brilliant, how unnervingly ambitious, that humankind was able to send up a space ship that looks like a brittle, gangly dragonfly, unfolding its wings, rolling around its eyes–so that we can see, through it, how we look, from way out there. I don’t know which is the most miraculous creation–the planet, the human, the space ship … all of it.

The gorgeous majesty of this movie should remind us all of what we are capable of achieving: the impossible. We can do this. We can take care of our world, and of each other. And we must. So that our children can one day gaze at the stars and wonder at the miracle of life here.

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5 Responses to Stunning Video: View From International Space Station Reminds Us What We Can Achieve And What We Must Protect

  1. dan allen says:

    Dominique wrote: “I don’t know which is the most miraculous creation–the planet, the human, the space ship … all of it.”

    …I get your point about the beauty of it all — but the spaceship is a clunky, fragile, resource-hogging, rube-goldberg contraption that won’t last another 5 years. The creation of such things required a planet-killing culture. Good riddance to both.

    …Pretty pictures, though.

  2. Paul Klinkman says:

    The difference between going to the moon and protecting the earth is simple. In the latter case, Congress gets dumb-dumb disease.

  3. Roger Martin says:

    Great piece. For many years in the 80′s and 90′s I had a NASA picture on the wall of my office of the LEM orbiting the moon with (I think) the Earth in the distant background. It was to convey to me the same ideas and sentiments you state in your article. WE CAN DO THIS!!!

  4. Roger Martin says:

    Dan Allen,

    I respect your position, have felt it myself on occasion, and you may be right, but I don’t think so. We need inspiration, such as that first picture of the whole Earth from space from Apollo. Bucky Fuller talked about “ephemeralization”, through superb design using less and less energy and material in our technology. I think we need to do that as well as all live within an individual carbon ration. I hope that doesn’t mean we can’t do some space exploration, but it might.

  5. Ozonator says:

    Be sure to bring the popcorn if their AGW drought hasn’t burned it up. Only “U” can prevent Roy’d-rage’ Spencer. “upcoming shows … Mon 08-06  Global Warming/ FBI Secrets• Dr. Roy Spencer | Ronald Kessler” (empty suit George Noory; coast2coast4payola aka perfuming the stink at coasttocoastam.com).