The crew of the International Space Station recently took a series of time-lapse photographs of the Earth using a special camera. The results, when strung together, are stunning. (Pay no attention, incidentally, to the uninspired music accompanying the photos — these pictures are worthy of accompaniment by the finest Bach cantata, or a Mozart symphony, or perhaps a piece by Louis Armstrong.)
These photos just demonstrate why I would be a worthless astronaut. I couldn’t resist spending all of my time at the window, staring slack-jawed in amazement as our magnificent world slid slowly by.