I really think it’s cool that my old school friend Gina’s cousin is Astronaut Ron Garan. What a noble profession. What a trippy, awesome career. Back in 2011, he participated in a five and a half month program on the International Space Station. Alongside a Russian crew, he watched our fragile planet from above. On their last day in space, Garan took time lapsed video footage of Earth as the crew made their final orbit before touching down. It was edited along with the music of Peter Gabriel.
As the they rotate over oceans, and land mass, it’s hard to believe that in the peaceful, gravity free nothingness of space, this beautiful world has so much war, horror and unrest down below. But there is also love and understanding between the folds, “vast edges drear, and naked shingles of the world” – as Matthew Arnold once wrote.
Goodnight bloggers and readers of WordPress. I encourage you to view this video. It’s beautiful. Perspective. It’s all perspective.