A Cool View of Pachamama and Mama Quilla
For the past few months beautiful pictures of our home planet have been streaming in daily from space to show up on facebook. Colonel Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and now in command of the International Space Station, has been posting photos of rivers, islands, deserts, cities, clouds, oceans from the vantage point of approximately 400 km above the surface of Pachamama.
The photos, and his interactions via satellite communication with schoolchildren in classrooms on earth, who have suggested exeriments for the space environment have been charming. You can catch Chris' latest photos on his facebook page. They truly make evident how we are all on one beautiful planet, and how interconnected we all are.
You can check an ISS tracking website, such as http://iss.astroviewer.net/ to find out where the space station is at any moment. If it's near sunrise or sunset, you can see the space station zipping overhead. It does move fast, 27,000km/per hour. In 92 minutes it orbits our blue planet, carrying six astronauts and the many experiments they are conducting, high over our planet.
Here is a sunset on Earth Day, and a lovely shot of Mama Quilla rising over Pachamama.