"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently."
(Calvin and Hobbes)
Here is an afternoon in Egypt, captured from space by Commander Scott Kelly.
Commander Kelly snapped this photo from the International Space Station on Thursday afternoon and posted it to his Twitter account with the caption, "Good afternoon Egypt! Hope to see you up close some day."
Kelly returns to Earth in March after a year on board the Space Station, and having lapped the earth over 4,000 times.
I wonder if the Commander sometimes has the same thought as our friend Calvin. He recently commented in a CNN interview that "When you look at the ... atmosphere on the limb of the Earth, I wouldn't say it looks unhealthy, but it definitely looks very, very fragile and just kind of like this thin film, so it looks like something that we definitely need to take care of."
We wish Commander Scott Kelly a safe landing, and thank him for this stunning image of one of our favourite patches on this little blue marble.
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