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Civilization from Space


In the autumn of last year, astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock took command of the International Space Station and started tweeting some amazing photos. This is Europe from space:

The whole collection is amazing. The photos make Earth like the tiny speck of cosmic debris it really is.

They’re especially worth checking out for the other nighttime photos, of Egypt, Italy, Greece, Florida and the Middle East. For me, these photos put into perspective just how much of the Earth’s landmass is settled (i.e. practically all of it) and just how much wilderness remains (i.e. not a whole lot). It’s incredible, really, that we’ve been able to sustain these kinds of numbers for this long.

P.S. I don’t know what to tag this post without creating a new category, so I’m tagging it ‘technology’ since taking the photos involved a lot of it.

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  1. Raven Warren permalink
    04/19/2011 8:13 PM


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