The Indian subcontinent as seen from Gemini 11. Pete Conrad's and Dick Gordon's mission was the highest ever in Earth orbit -- reaching up to 850 miles at one point. The Gemini astronauts captured hundreds of scenes of the planet. Says Robinson, "These are our first comprehensive looks at the Earth in color from space."
There's no place like home. Peering out of the windows of the International Space Station, astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson takes in the planet on which we were all born, and to which she would soon return. About 350 km up, the ISS is high enough so that the Earth's horizon appears curved. [3600x2395]
Earth with its thin blue atmosphere and ISS with its thin silver hull – both protecting their humans from the harsh vacuum of space; both reminding us that wherever humanity chooses to ‘reside’, we are obligated to take care of that place – our home.