Happy 2013 from orbit! Let’s use Twitter to communicate like never before, see the year and the world through each others’ eyes.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 1, 2013
It’s amazing when you think about it: Every 90 minutes, the International Space Station goes around the world. And as it passes by, above the clouds, Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield and his colleagues take pictures and post them to Twitter.
Here are some images from space, accompanied by Cmdr Hadfield’s comments:
For me, it is both humbling and inspiring to see our planet from above. I am awed by the bravery of these space travellers, and their commitment to “improve life here, to extend life to there, to find life beyond.”
I am hopeful that the direct communication between astronauts and civvies (through Twitter) is putting some of the promise back into space travel. I am reminded of astronomer Carl Sagan who said:
“…every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring—not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive.”
How do you feel when you see these images?