Earlier this year, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured ultra high definition 2K video of our pale blue dot from the vantage point of the International Space Station. It’s probably the most uplifting and inspiring thing you’ll see today.
In this newly released video, Williams talks about what it’s actually like to gaze upon the Earth when in space, and why it’s important to share this unique perspective with others.
It’s been said many times that a person’s perspective on life, the universe, and everything changes after seeing our planet floating in space. Though this video isn’t a shot from the moon, I find this quote by former NASA astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell to be quite fitting for this video:
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.” ― Edgar D. Mitchell
NASA has made these video files available for download, which you can access by clicking here.
Image: Screenshot, NASA