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The Earth From a Great Height

In a departure from the usual science column, a photo-essay on our world from a distance.

Charlie Martin


July 25, 2013 - 4:00 pm


On the 4th of June 1783, the Montgolfier Brothers publicly broke the chains of the ground for the first time, flying a hot-air balloon in their home town of Annonay to an altitude of perhaps 6,000 feet. For the first time, people saw the Earth from above, looking down freely.


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1903 the Wrights flew a few hundred feet. !969 we flew an Apollo craft to the moon, landed, walked on the moon and flew back.
We've flown a spacecraft out of our solar system recently. in 110 years this was accomplished.
Accomplished by who? By 100's of scientist's, engineers, pilots, astronauts and even more so by thousands on thousands of craftsmen and laborers. Of all nations, races religious belief and national heritage. Most here is the US but also huge numbers in many many other countries around the world.
Much of the progress started with two World Wars and a Cold War, battling for strategic advantage.
And we have some silly notion that we must 'embrace diversity' and 'learn to work together' and we have entire industries, university programs corporate officers and offices devoted to 'Diversity and Inclusion' efforts.
Give Mankind a BIG vision and a BIG goal and shut up and get out of the way Diversity Professor!
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We went a billion miles away just to get a better look at ourselves. May we always have a new mirror to find and gaze into.
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The only thing missing from this article is the picture of Earth from Voyager, from 3.7 billion miles away.

The Infamous Pale Blue Dot
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Stunning, fascinating photos... and a great Nanci Griffith song. Thank you for this column.

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