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An astronaut’s away-from-home movie: Fragile Oasis

Astronaut Ron Garan’s photography is a common feature here at BA Central, and although his still photos are incredible, he hadn’t tried time-lapse photography until his last trip up to the space station.

He took a series of images and he himself created a video from them, called “Time Lapse From Space - Literally. The Journey Home”. It’s similar to the time lapse I posted recently of the Earth from space, but has some new stuff in it:

Breathtaking, isn’t it?

This is part of a project Ron is working on called Fragile Oasis, an effort to get everyone to see the Earth as a single home for humanity, and to inspire people to make a difference, change things for the better. About his feelings as he gazed down on the Earth from space, Ron writes:

It was very moving to see the beauty of the planet we’ve been given. But as I looked down at this indescribably beautiful fragile oasis, this island that has been given to us and has protected all life from the harshness of space, I couldn’t help thinking of the inequity that exists.I couldn’t help but think of the people who don’t have clean water to drink, enough food to eat, of the social injustice, conflict, and poverty that exist. The stark contrast between the beauty of our planet and the unfortunate realities of life for many of its inhabitants reaffirmed the belief I share with so many. Each and every one of us on this planet has the responsibility to leave it a little better than we found it.

I can’t argue with that. In fact, I strongly support this effort, and hope everyone out there spreads the word.

Related posts:

- JAW DROPPING Space Station time lapse!
- The twice reflected Moon light
- A new day, from space
- Expedition 28 from the ISS lands safely in Kazakhstan