It must be an uplifting and deeply spiritual feeling to be able to look at the blue-green marble in all its glory from outer space.
The Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield as a flight engineer came on the International Space Station for 100 days in the enjoyment of the experience.
On Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, he let the world share in his extraordinary experience.
Now his mission is over and he is on his way back to Earth.
As a parting gift he has recorded the David Bowie classic 'Space Oddity' in the ISS 400 miles above the Earth.
Song lines like 'Here am I sitting in a tin can far above the world' have a particularly deep meaning in his video.
In just 90 minutes, the space station orbits the entire planet.
National borders lose their significance, the everyday wars appear meaningless and inevitably one wonders: 'What we do as human beings there at all ?'
The Earth is a jewel, a gift !
It deserves to be valued and protected !
Enjoy this poignant video !
Thanks to Chris Hadfield !
You Tube-channel of Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield @ Twitter