Watching the World From Orbit

Book - 2006
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Human beings have been sending satellites into space to look back at our planet, & at the same time record the details of life on Earth with sophisticated imaging technology. From the ice caps, cities & landmarks to volcanoes & forest fires, this book collects together the images captured of our home planet into a visual spectacle.
Publisher: Newton Abbot : David & Charles, 2006.
ISBN: 9780715324844
Branch Call Number: 910.0202 HOPE
Characteristics: 256 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 22 x 27 cm.


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Dec 01, 2017

As a geography nerd and Google Earth groupie, I had a wonderful time covering the captions and identifying the pictured satellite photos from landmarks. Besides the playful uses of this book, it also illustrates how tenuous a foothold we really have on the slim surface of a volatile planet and brings Carl Sagan's book Pale Blue Dot to mind:

" There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994


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