More ISS photos from space poet & NASA astronaut Wheelock [40 Pics]

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To my beloved Doris Stone, and all that love peace and freedom…Grace and Peace on this blessed Independence Day! From the Node 2 ‘Harmony Module’ in the U.S. Segment, with Sonny Stone’s Congressional Medal of Honor…”No greater love…” 07-04-2010 (credit: NASA)

 More ISS photos from space poet & NASA astronaut Wheelock [40 Pics]


Introduction

As our space poet and NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock has touched so many with his photos from space, and reflections, we decided to help him out and show the rest of his wonderful work to those who missed them on his twitpic account. This second part features images from his arrival to the ISS via a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, TMA-19, on June 15, 2010, (to serve a 6-month tour of duty aboard the International Space Station) up until October 8th, 2010. We will later publish a third article with the remainder of his tour.
He is also known as @Astro_Wheels on twitter, where he has been tweeting pictures to his followers since he arrived at the space station.
These images are outstanding and deserve massive attention. The pictures are all visible on Astro_Wheels’ twitpic account. Some are also to be found on NASA Space Station Gallery The captions are all his own words. [40 Pictures]

Hint: Click on images to see larger original version. Use “J” and “K” keys to navigate from picture to picture.

Some facts for those who missed it:
A. Colonel Douglas Wheelock is also known as @Astro_Wheels on twitter, where he has been tweeting pictures to his followers since he arrived at the space station.
B. These images are outstanding and deserve massive attention. The pictures are all visible on Astro_Wheels’ twitpic account.
C. Some are also to be found on NASA Space Station Gallery
D. Many, many have commented directly to him but we want to make it clear Triggerpit does not have any affiliation with Astronaut Wheelock nor NASA. The confusion might have been since all the captions are all his own words as can also be seen on his twitpic account.
E. Other articles by Triggerpit with many more of Wheelock’s amazing pictures from space:
1. Incredible Space Photos from ISS by NASA astronaut Wheelock [29 pictures from space]
2. Amazing Pictures from Space: A Hero Comes Home

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“Don’t tell me that the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon…” Sure looks beautiful setting behind our blue planet, maybe one day we’ll be daring enough to go back 06-22-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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A stunning sunrise aboard the International Space Station, as seen from the Russian MRM1 Module. We’re blessed with 16 sunrises each day! 06-20-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Photos from space; A breath-taking masterpiece being painted in the sky over the South Pole. ‘The Southern Lights’…like brush strokes from the Master’s hand… 06-20-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Where the fertile river basin meets the desert…and where the modern meets the ancient…photo from space: the pyramids and the Sphinx outside of Giza , Egypt. 06-21-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Celebrated the 4th of July in space by docking our ‘Progress – 38” re-supply craft to the Service Module. Here is a shot of Progress – 38 on final approach as we flew over the Mediterranean Sea. The island of Sicily is directly below us. 07-05-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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So many memories from my home in upstate New York, and I couldn’t resist getting this great view of one of my very favorite childhood memories. The ‘American Falls’ and ‘Horseshoe Falls’ on the Niagara River…’Niagara Falls’ as a photo from space. 07-06-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Along the west coast of beautiful Italy, Mount Vesuvius stands proudly beside the sea towering over Naples and the ancient city of Pompeii 07-10-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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New York City and New York harbor, with Lady Liberty lifting her lamp beside the Golden Door. “Give me your tired…your poor…your huddled masses yearning to breathe free!” 07-10-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Incredible Manicouagan ancient impact crater in north-central Quebec, Canada. Now the site of stunning beauty, crystal clear lakes, breathtaking forest, and abundant life. You can still see the impact scar from space. 07-14-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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View of the Corinthian Channel in Greece, just west of Athens. A relatively new man made channel in an ancient land. The channel connects the Gulf of Corinth to the Aegean Sea. 07-16-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Photos from space: The Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii. A few clouds, but you can clearly see the capital city of Honolulu, Diamond Head crater, and Pearl Harbor. Capturing the beauty with a camera is tough, wish my eyelids were shutters and I could tweet those images. Breathtaking beauty… (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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A peaceful view of the Holy Land, without any borders. Israel – Jordan – Lebanon – Syria – Palestine …all framing this shot of the port city of Haifa and east to the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River. In the center of the photo, the city of Nazareth. 07-25-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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“…and the dark sacred night…and I think to myself…what a wonderful world…” 07-29-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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‘River of Ice’…there are countless places on the Earth that remind us that the Creator is still working around us…better yet…in spite of us. Here is a look at the stunning landscape of the Coastal Mountains, in British Columbia, Canada . The Silverthrone Glacier through a 400mm lens. 07-30-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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“…Shadows on the hills…Sketch the trees and the daffodils…Catch the breeze and the winter chills…In colors on the snowy linen land…” 08-14-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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“Now I understand what you tried to say to me…How you suffered for your sanity…How you tried to set them free…They would not listen…they did not know how…Perhaps they’ll listen now…” 08-14-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day…?” A clear beautiful summer day in Acapulco , Mexico . Now that things are back to normal operations aboard the Space Station, I’ve been able to look out the windows a bit more and soak in the waning summer. I am careful not to wish away time, but I am excited to soon see the colors of the Autumn…my favorite season. 08-22-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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I have been enjoying the stunning and unique landscape of South America, and often find myself without words to describe the beauty. Here is a photo of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile with the majestic Andes stretching the length of the continent. Lake Titicaca takes center stage in this photo, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. 08-22-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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We are just caretakers of a priceless Masterpiece. Words escape me, as I watch the Earth dance…“Starry, starry night…Flaming flowers that brightly blaze…Swirling clouds in violet haze…Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue…Colors changing hue…morning field of amber grain…Weathered faces lined in pain…Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand…” 08-22-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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To all of my friends and teammates on the ‘Space Coast’…a beautiful summer day over Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is a magical place…an inspiring display of nature and technology in complete harmony. Launch Complex 39 sitting proudly in the middle of a thriving wildlife refuge. A unique place that launched a generation of scientists, engineers, explorers and dreamers. We cannot let this place fall silent… 08-22-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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‘Hurricane Danielle’ – as we passed directly overhead this evening in the central Atlantic. I’m not a tropical storm expert by any means, but Danielle looks very well-organized with a very well-defined eye. The storm looks spectacularly peaceful from this vantage point…but, I can only imagine the tempest below those clouds. Many thoughts and prayers from space for a favorable path. 08-28-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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“The City That Never Sleeps”… New York , New York on a clear summer night. 08-28-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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‘Aurora Borealis’…We’ve enjoyed the beauty of the Southern Lights over the past several weeks. Now with increased solar activity and as the Summer slowly wanes into Autumn, the Northern Lights are beginning to dance across the skies. The Earth just never ceases to amaze us. Color…Motion…Life…Blessed Days…Sacred Nights… 08-29-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Hurricane Earl is gathering some serious strength. It is incredible what a difference a day makes when you’re dealing with this force of nature. Please keep a watchful eye on this one…not sure if Earl will go quietly into the night like Danielle. Earl – “Go placidly amid the noise and haste…and remember what peace there may be in silence…” 08-31-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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The breathtaking Banks Peninsula near the picturesque city of Christchurch, New Zealand! 09-12-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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The magnificent Mount Elbrus, dominating the landscape of the Caucasus Mountains, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, in southern Russia. Elbrus is the tallest mountain in Europe, more than XX meters taller than Mount Blanc in the Alps. 09-14-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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‘Igor the Terrible’…It was about 2:00pm GMT today…out over the Atlantic, and we came upon the monster, Hurricane Igor. This storm is enormous with an impressive eye wall. Seeing the blue water down through the eye of the storm is so surreal. I can scratch that off my bucket list. Go quietly, Igor, and remember what peace there may be in silence… 09-15-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Beautiful Brasilia! A uniquely designed and culturally enriched city in the highlands of Brazil 09-15-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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This is Mount Vesuvius in Italy, the volcano that buried the port city of Pompeii in 79 AD. The last eruption of this sleeping giant was March 1944. 09-19-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Mount McKinley or Denali (‘The High One’) in Alaska. With a summit of 20,320 feet, it has the unique distinction of being the tallest mountain in North America . Standing at 63+ degrees north latitude, far north of our orbit inclination, we have to capture it with a 1200mm lens laterally. 09-19-2010 (credit: Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA)

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During a night pass this week over the southern Indian Ocean, we were greeted with a magnificent moonlit Aurora light show out over Antarctica . Behold! Aurora Australis…the Southern Lights…dancing across the sacred moonlit night. “…and I think to myself…what a wonderful world…” 09-19-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Chicago , “The Windy City”… 09-23-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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“Oh, nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass…glory in the flower…we will grieve not…rather find strength in what remains behind.” – William Wordsworth. Sasha, Misha and Tracy heading back to Earth in Soyuz 22S. Farewell friends…until we meet again on a different shore… 09-26-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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The Earth at night is a masterpiece of light and motion. Aurora Australis dancing on a moonlit night…a new dawn just beyond the horizon. The small pinpoint lights that you see in these night images are pixels on the camera’s image sensor blown out by particles of cosmic radiation…one of the hazards of the job out here. 09-28-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Paris, ‘The City of Lights’… Zoom in and you will find several world-famous landmarks. It was once said of this city…”It is too real…and too beautiful…it never let’s you forget anything. It reaches in and opens you wide…and you stay that way…” 10-01-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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These islands are small, remote, and isolated…yet they emerged on the world stage not so long ago…in a dispute over sovereign claim. the ‘Falkland Islands’ also known to many as ‘Islas Malvinas’…no borders…no fighting…no flag-planting from this vantage point. Only pristine natural beauty. 10-01-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Mount St. Helens, part of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and the beautiful Cascade mountain range. On May 18, 1980… St. Helens roared to life in an epic display of raw natural power. 10-06-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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there are actually 4 bright cities in this photo. The city in the foreground on Lake Michigan is Chicago…then looking E-NE is the city of Detroit and then further east is Toronto….almost forgot about Milwaukee just north of Chicago. 10-07-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA)

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Take a look at this photo and read the unique history of the ‘Ayion Oros’ peninsula in the Aegean Sea. 10-08-2010 (credit: Douglas Wheelock and NASA) Full: http://twitpic.com/2vjvnv/full

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128 Responses to More ISS photos from space poet & NASA astronaut Wheelock [40 Pics]

  1. Greg Barra December 23, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    Absolutely incredible photos – My understanding is that the Nikon D3 is the current camera on ISS. Is that correct?

    • Nick December 23, 2010 at 8:35 am #

      I really like the descriptions on these photos. Like brushstrokes indeed.

    • john anderson December 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

      I’m amazed there are no photo’s of the oil spill in the gulf.
      i guess there only allowed to take pictures of the gulf at night.

      • bob dobbs January 2, 2011 at 5:02 am #

        There are tons of images they took of the Gulf spill do an image search of ISS gulf spill on teh googles

      • Priss January 4, 2011 at 6:56 am #

        I am disheartened that for a moment in time, we can’t all find the beauty that still lies in the world, hold it up and cherish it. How better to change hearts and have people be better stewards of the planet we are an integral part of than to show everyone just how priceless and breathtaking it is?

    • Mary Ann December 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

      I’ve been scouring the web trying to find out what kind of camera and especially what lenses were used to take these pictures. I hope someone answers you!

    • Fran January 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      Thank you, you are an artist with your camera. You have enabled me to see sites so amazingly different than we perceive them from down here.

  2. Curious George December 23, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    What a load of bullsh*t! The Creator this and the Master’s Hand that. All the science, good, honest science, that went in to making these images possible, and you come up with God? Tacky, religulous gibberish.

    God does not exist, or at least is not responsible for all that natural beauty. If you think he, oh sorry “He”, is, then also hold him accountable for all the disease and suffering in the world, from the beginning of time up till now.

    • Leon Flaminck December 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

      Sorry to burst your bubble Curious George, but that remark about religious gibberish is not what is in question here. These photographs were indeed very beautiful and the poetry that was included by a mind who definitely could see that this wondrous planet called earth has its roots in creationism.
      You claim God does not exist purely from an ignorant mind so narrow in its ventures of truth. God was not responsible for all the diseases and suffering in the world, its mans error. Jehovah gave man a guidance book for him to follow in order to make his paths in life straight and prosperous. Mankind chose his own selfish independence thinking he could out master the one who created the universe, the heavens and the earth.
      He was wrong, live with it until God corrects all matters.

      • [email protected] December 24, 2010 at 1:30 am #

        Ignorant mind? You are ignorant. Did you know that believers are always peole with lesser education and from banana countries????

        So many polls showed that more primitive society and lesser they know, more they believe….so think again!

      • [email protected] December 24, 2010 at 1:33 am #

        Btw. evolution is proven, its a fact…..did you know that there is over 400 000 000 stars only in our galaxy? That there is trilions of galaxies in the universe? That they are finding more and more planets iorbiting another stars, that Earth isnt ONLY one….there are millions planets like Earth in universe….

        Yes, you are ignorant because only ignorat people can believe in such thing like creationism!

        • Pat January 1, 2011 at 10:01 am #

          nicsoew, You talk ignorant, you can’t even spell it (correctly) twice in one sentence.

          • Sean January 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

            Yeah, just know as bad as he is at spelling, you’re grammar is far more atrocious. Didn’t this “God” guy I keep hearing so much about say something about stone-tossing and the type of house one lives in?

        • pssst January 4, 2011 at 5:17 am #

          I am not “ignorat”
          Tell the person that there is no God that went through a life threatening disease and prayed that he or she be saved or the pain leaves. Then this person goes to the doctor or expert and gets examined once again only to be told that whatever he or she had disappeared? Science?
          And btw, they–scientists still haven’t proved that fallacy of the big bang theory.
          Try it pal, you may like it. Whence came you?

          • FJT January 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

            Nice try. I have been through several extremely harrowing life-threatening experiences (including extensive close personal ground combat, and the loss of a leg) and never felt the need to appeal to a deity I didn’t believe in when things were fine. True free-thinkers don’t change when the going gets tough – only those who are not convinced, or are easily swayed. So yes, there ARE “atheists in foxholes” – quite a few, including some who became atheists as a result of their experiences. There are also agnostics, and free-thinkers of varying types. I know several who are highly decorated.

            As to all the rest of the comments here, pro and con “god” – We in the USA live in a country whose Constitution forbids the establishment of any religion – but allows free practice to all – thus guaranteeing freedom of conscience. This was a unique situation in 1789.

            We can all see where religious fanaticism of all types (Christian, Muslim, etc.) has led (and continues to lead) in countries less fortunate. For most of recorded history, religious fanaticism has led to to persecution, torture, and bloodshed of all types, including major and bloody wars.

            The Founders knew this – which is why they established a secular Republic with freedom of conscience for all.

            Nobody can unassailably “prove” what is essentially a metaphysical issue – which is why religion is metaphysics instead of physics.

            As Darwin once wrote (in a letter to Asa Gray, 1860), “I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton.— Let each man hope & believe what he can.”

            Another great comment on the subject was that given by Sa-go-ye-wat-ha (aka “Red Jacket”) b. ca. 1750. He was a Seneca chief, and one of the greatest orators of the Six Nations.

            In 1805, a missionary (appropriately named Cram) was sent to the Iroquois by the Evangelical Missionary Society of Massachusetts. A council was held at Buffalo, NY, and Red Jacket made a courteous speech, telling Cram why they did not wish him to stay with them. The entire speech can be found in a great book called “Touch the Earth” by T. C. McLuhan, (Touchstone, 1971), but I will summarize the main points in edited form:

            “Brother, you say that you are sent to instruct us how to worship the Great Spirit, and if we do not take hold of the religion you teach, we shall be unhappy hereafter. You say that you are right, and we are lost. How do we know this to be true?

            We understand that your religion is written in this book. If it was intended for us as well, why has not the great Spirit given to us and our forefathers that book, with a means of understanding it rightly? We only know what you tell us about it. How shall we know when to believe, being so often deceived by the white people?

            You say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agree, as you can all read the book?

            Brother, we also have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us. We worship in that way. It teaches us to be thankful for all favors we receive, to love each other, and be united. We never quarrel about religion, because it is a matter which concerns each man and the Great Spirit.

            Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion or take it from you; we only want to enjoy our own.

            Brother, we have been told that you are teaching to the white people in this place. We will wait a little while and see what effect your preaching has upon them. If we find it does them good, makes them honest and less disposed to cheat Indians, we will consider again of what you have said.”

            At the end of the speech, Red Jacket tried to courteously shake hands with the missionary, but Cram refused saying, “There was no fellowship between the religion of God and the Devil.” The Indians smiled and retired peacefully.

            Any person or system who says they have the only truth is usually the one most devoid of truth, whose “pushers” are often unpleasant, bullying thugs who want to gain control of you (and your wallet!), and are often hypocrites, who tell their gullible followers to do as they say, and pretend to be sanctimonious and holy – while secretly doing all manner of things they preach against, including criminal acts.

            The list of these “Elmer Gantry” types is too long to be fully listed, but range from the clerical abusers of the Catholic (and Protestant!) churches to the Fundamentalist “evangelicals” (including the Bakkers, “Brother Jimmy” Swaggert, Ted Haggard, and all the many other phonies and hypocrites out there – many of whom have amazingly kept “preaching” to their ever-gullible followers.)

            As Thomas Paine wrote in The Age of Reason;

            “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

            All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”

            I concur with Mr. Paine, but the choice is yours here (in the USA), as guaranteed by the Constitution.

            Bottom line? Believe what you want – because nobody can (at present) prove it one way or another – but don’t be too full of yourself, or certain of your beliefs – and don’t attempt to force them on others.

        • Priss January 4, 2011 at 7:05 am #

          I’m sorry, but it’s not a solid proven fact of science. There are leads that might give one the hope that there is a solid path that absolutely proves it, but there isn’t. There are still too many missing proofs in the study that leave more questions than confidence in the matter.

          I am sorry that your heart is so hardened that you would be unable to see that God did in fact create all these things, and even pieced the science together for us to discover and hold the knowledge. The suffering humanity faces tends to be of it’s own creation… that God gave us the free will to choose how our lives will reflect His power. He created us in his spiritual image, which means we have to face affliction and thought, as well as some form of power on our terms.

          It is ignorant, on both sides of the aisle, to think that science and faith must be absolutely separate, and that the Creator is so small that His days are contained into our own small understanding.

          The universe wasn’t created to confuse us. It was created FOR us. When we learn to responsibly take care of one another without seeking repayment for those things, and open our hearts to a greater possibility for who we are than what we think we are and remove callousness and harsh language from our hearts and minds, it ends up quite clear.

          -Signed science nerd, raised atheist, heard God before harming others

          • Courtjester January 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

            Greetings from a Pagan/Wiccan..

            The pictures are truly beautiful. I am a long-haul truck driver, and as such, I am blessed to see the United States from ground level, and am continually astonished at the lack of enthusiasm for the wonders surrounding us. I frequently offer this short prayer on the CB: “Dear (insert your god’s name – I use God as a catch-all), thank You for the beauty surrounding us, and thank You for giving us the ability to enjoy it.” this is the same message the astronaut was trying to convey. He is blessed to have seen this little rock we call home from a vantage point with no borders – a reminder we are all ONE PEOPLE.

            As far as the argument goes about the Big Bang and evolution, didn’t Something Out There do Something to start this whole universe?? Sething Out There had to keep things going in the right direction for US to be here.. Just what that Something Out There is open for debate – could be God, the Goddes, Allah, Zeus, Odin, a 9-iron…. This is the big mystery that we won’t truly know until we cross over. STOP ARGUING ABOUT IT and QUIT TRYING TO CONVERT OTHERS TO WHATEVER YOUR FAITH IS. this will stop a lot of arguing as well as most wars. Most religions preach tolerance – take that lesson into your life. Remember the Golden Rule?? (This goes for you crazy (radical) Muslims out there – we can all live in peace; you don’t have to convert or kill us! – - Oohh! Best be careful – that can open a whole new can of worms. I’m referring to the nut-cases that seem to think that if they can’t convert the rest of us, we have to die, not most of the “normal” Muslims that we work and live with all the time…)

        • Mike January 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

          Ignorance? OK where did your mind originate?
          How does your thought process work?
          How did your intelligence come into being?
          Explain the origin of life.
          I’m listening.

    • Almir December 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

      your philosophy sucks…you have no idea what you are talking…
      be careful! for your sake and well!

      • UMstudent December 24, 2010 at 12:04 am #

        Why should we fear the likes of your God? Every single technological achievement and scientific breakthrough was achieved through the sweat of mankind’s brow, while your god is content to sit on the sidelines. If your god truly loved his children and is all masterful, he would do something about all the war and poverty on this little blue planet. If he does exist, he doesn’t deserve my attention or praise.

        • AlPal January 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

          God didn’t create war and/or poverty. Mankind did this all by himself. Yes, every single technological achievement and scientific breakthrough was achieved through the sweat of mankind’s brow (using that wonderful gift from God …….. a brain). God has given mankind free choice. Mankind can choose to start wars, keep some in poverty, but mankind need not do these things. It is all up to mankind to make such decisions. Have you ever noticed how many wars throughout history have been started by “non-believers?”

        • Brett March 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

          UM student – you need to remember that the bible teaches that this is a world of sin where we love the darkness and that an apple stolen will taste sweeter than one you bought and your father in this world is the evil one [ satan ] and there will be a new world after the old world has passed away where the lions will lye down with the lambs . i know many people like you that do not understand why bad things happen in this world [ the more you read the bible and talk to others about the answers you seek the more you will understand ] [ seek and you will find ] . if you do not believe in a creator then if i told you that i believe that the pyramids built themselves you would probably think i was out of my mind [ and you would be right ] there is no way pyramids could build themselves , so how can you look at a human body body male and female one masculine the other feminine perfectly designed for each other and given the ability to create a child from a puddle of sperm and given a conscious so you know right from wrong , you can see , touch , taste , hear , talk , smell , walk , grow , learn etc etc etc. the point being a human body is far more advanced than any pyramid let alone all the other billions of perfectly designed things you see every day like trees , flowers , grass, clouds, etc so if you think humans and trees , animals ,birds etc happened by themselves then you must believe also that pyramids built themselves . i wouldn’t recommend you go around telling people that you believe pyramids built themselves because people are going to think your crazy . i don’t know exactly what is going to happen when you die but i know that a building is proof of a builder and a painting is proof of a painter , and a tool is proof of a tool maker then creation is proof of a creator . were are never going to know it all no matter how hard we try maybe that is why the bible says that anyone who relies on there own understanding is a fool , you could live to be a billion years old and live a billion lifetimes and you still wouldn’t know one billionth of one percent of all the knowledge there is in existence . well i hope this helped somehow and hope you will give your maker another shot , it is said that [ your eyes are open but you do not see ] and most people take things for granite , try to open your eyes and appreciate the beauty in this world and how it got here when you see it , even in a world of sin and evil be glad it is not all sin and evil . you have the ability to do good or evil and unfortunately there are no shortage of those who have chosen evil .

    • Bosnian December 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

      I agree 100%. While looking at the stars during those 4 years of war, I only could see science and reason conquering again and again, while religion is draging this world into abyss of hatred and evil!

    • Ed Morrissette December 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

      No George, God is not responsible for all the misery going on in this world. He gave his son’s life for the likes of you and me, although we certainly dont deserve it. From the day that Adam and Eve ate that apple we have been frought with pain and anguish, and it aint over yet, at least for some of us. For myself, I choose to follow Him. Good luck on YOUR venture, George.,

      • [email protected] December 24, 2010 at 1:27 am #

        Ed, dont say you really believe in Adam and Eve? Its a story from Bible, even Vatican accepted evolution…and evolution is proven, so many evidences for it!

        • Peemayer December 25, 2010 at 12:23 am #

          Evolution? Why are there still apes around? They should have evolved into human beings a long time ago.

          • Livvy December 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

            Darwin did not say we are descended from apes…He said we & the apes had a common ancestor…

          • spclfxguy April 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

            Apes won’t be around much longer, if we – survivors of evolution – continue have our way with things…

        • Jake January 2, 2011 at 4:07 am #

          There are many forms of evolution. One can believe in evolution and Creation at the same time. I am not blind. I can see just by looking at finches the world over that evolution exists. Some would rather call this adaption, but in reality it is evolution. The thing is, proving evolution does not disprove Creation.

          • spclfxguy April 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

            I agree with you… Here’s a concept… Why not meet in the middle – God exists, he caused the BIG BANG, evolution is real (since no images exist to say otherwise, perhaps Adam and Eve were ape-like, knuckle-draggers)… For those who say God made man in his own image, who is to say he too, is not ape-like? Maybe God is evolving, and making changes as he goes? The problem is, NOBODY KNOWS. Yeah, the Bible says this and that but, remember – it was written BY A MAN, not by a lightning bolt…

    • DocD December 24, 2010 at 11:48 am #

      I don’t have a problem with gods. It’s the stupid fan club that I can’t stand.

      • pssst January 4, 2011 at 5:19 am #

        Doc, well put.

    • Sten December 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

      Sorry dude,, but you don’t comprehend the concept of god. Think of it for some time. “How to tell a blind man how a rainbow looks like?” It is not about any religion.

      • Walt December 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

        People make one basic mistake. They mix God and religion not knowing that those are two different things. Religion is man made and has nothing to do with God but everything with human imagination. In every religion people “create” gods, from the earliest paganizm through Babilon, Islam to Catholic religion. All bad things that ever happened or are happening to humans are because of religions. I can surely say: God hates religions. To truly know God you do not need to be religious, just oposit. I know people including myself who found God through simmple so called “unbelievers prayer” You simply tell him that you do not believe He exists but in case He does you would like to get a sign. It never fails, believe me.

        • spclfxguy April 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

          I’m with you, Walt! I find more beauty and magnificence in watching ants, studying the colors and intricate details of a simple leaf that is shed by a tree in the fall than I do in all the gilded, opulent halls of a great cathedral. I believe there has to be a greater force (or forces) at play, that we have yet to understand, and that many humans identify as “God” (or other placeholder icon), because we (or most) still lack the capacity to begin to comprehend things that might exist on…

    • C. Easton December 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, you jerk.

    • Dave December 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

      My thoughts exactly. The astronauts have never reported sighting heaven, never will. Pure nonsense.

    • Alice January 1, 2011 at 9:04 am #

      I’d rather believe and be right than not believe and be wrong. Peace and God’s Blessing.

      • lawless January 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

        Then you’re not a true believer and that wont satisfy god. You should research your position and see if you still want to believe in something “just in case” it happens to be true. Academics say its a cop out and lots of people use this method to lead their lives.

        This is called Pascal’s wager.

    • Christ's child January 2, 2011 at 5:53 am #

      How sad. And, no, He is not responsible. We have been given the gift of free choice. If we had obeyed His word, perhaps it would be different now.
      I will pray for you, and all the sad souls like you, even if you don’t believe.

    • Gary January 3, 2011 at 6:18 am #

      You cannot know God without knowing His Word. It says there are two Gods. The God and Father of Jesus Christ, ( who created the heavens and the Earth) and the god of this world The Devil, who is the cause of all evil and calamity. His Word says that the reverence of God is the beginning of knowledge. Deal with it.

      • Pkegs January 3, 2011 at 8:40 am #

        Gary, don’t argue with him as that is what he wants….he’s better ignored…move on and just look at the beauty in those pics..thanks

      • Priss January 4, 2011 at 7:17 am #

        God is three. Don’t forget the Spirit, which descends upon us all to empower us to do the work. We are challenged by God, given the word from Christ (who intercedes for us), and filled with the Holy Spirit that gives us the fruits that create the ability to strive to be more like Him.

        It’s heartbreaking that people want God to do everything for them, isn’t it? God doesn’t want to force us to love Him, but rather, make that choice ourselves and take care of one another here on Earth.

        Guess it’s easier to tell Him, “I don’t wanna, and You can’t make me.” He never thought to force us, but it seems some want to be led by the nose, rather than find their way.

        • Gail January 5, 2011 at 9:47 am #

          God is long suffering (patient) giving us every chance to discover him through the very nature that these wonderful photos demonstrate. One day the long suffering will end and we will be called to stand at judgement. Those who insist he never existed will acknowledge him then, and be required to pay the penalty for their sins (transgression of Gods law). Those who have accepted the Messiah’s gift (His death in our stead) of payment for sin (transgression of Gods law) will be ushered into a new age of fellowship with Him without sin. Very simple and totally unacceptable by people who live only in the flesh. He wants you to accept Him with the blind faith of a child. That is the beginning. Proof comes with growth, and growth comes with seeking. Seek Him and you will find Him and Proof for you. The Bible proves itself, but you must look for that proof. The more I seek, the more I find. It is absolutely amazing, just like these wonderful photos. It is as hard to prove God is true in a few sentences as it is to photograph the world from space. If you want to know you will find out, if you don’t you will not.

          Love your photos and love your comments. Beautiful, both.

    • Pkegs January 3, 2011 at 8:39 am #

      there is always one in every Forum….just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the pics…let the author express his emotions…keep the beauty of the pics positive and leave your critique to yourself

    • Lorena January 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

      for what I understand, the person who wrote that is the astronaut who took the pictures, “space poet and NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock”

      Apparently some people need proof that god exists, I hope he comes down again any minute and leaves a dvd with proof for the non believers, because in another 2000 years, people will say that the doesnt exist again. What I think is, you either have faith, or you dont. If you dont, just STFU.
      BTW, you say banana countries and ignorant people believe in god, how many americans are believers???

    • mike January 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      even though you probably think we come from a rock or nothing at all and all that beauty just happened ,even though how massive and extremely complex it is ! Yes our “GOD” is a vengefull “GOD” and a jealous one too and will strike down all that dont believe in “HIM” ,including you !!So wouldnt it be better to try “HIM” and not suffer and live a better life and join “HIM” in heaven versus not and having to deal with the alternative and you and your family pearish forever ! If you ask “HIM” he loves u too and will save you ….[email protected] GOD BLESS !!!!!

      • Livvy January 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

        I would rather not spend Eternity in such a Heaven…

        • Livvy January 30, 2011 at 11:11 am #

          Besides…This God you are speaking of is the Old Testament God…Not the God Jesus spoke of…& I suppose that Nasty Tempered Archangel Michael dwells in your heaven as well….

    • Simon January 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

      Some people can be so naive as to ascribe what you don’t understand to Science. But for the mercy of the creator, He would club your head and make it into some rock with just an eye sticking out of your head, then we’ll see the science that would deliver you. Anyway, unless God gives you undrestanding, you will be acting as you are right now!

    • Rachel January 11, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      He is still doing more science and valuable work than you are doing.

    • B. Hil January 14, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      2 Corinthains 4: 3-4 And even if our gospel is veiiled, it is veild to those (Curious George) who are perishing,

      In whose case the god (satan) of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God

    • Vlad January 20, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      You read my mind. Everything that feels noble and looks beautiful is the work of the divine creator. All the ugliness and disaster is purely man’s doing. What a steaming pile of bullcrap!

    • Brett March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      curious george – you need to remember that the bible teaches that this is a world of sin where we love the darkness and that an apple stolen will taste sweeter than one you bought and your father in this world is the evil one [ satan ] and satan wants as much pain and suffering as he can make us do , and there will be a new world after the old world has passed away where the lions will lye down with the lambs . i know many people like you that do not understand why bad things happen in this world [ the more you read the bible and talk to others about the answers you seek the more you will understand ] [ seek and you will find ] . if you do not believe in a creator then if i told you that i believe that the pyramids built themselves you would probably think i was out of my mind [ and you would be right ] there is no way pyramids could build themselves , so how can you look at a human body body male and female one masculine the other feminine perfectly designed for each other and given the ability to create a child from a puddle of sperm and given a conscious so you know right from wrong , you can see , touch , taste , hear , talk , smell , walk , grow , learn etc etc etc. the point being a human body is far more advanced than any pyramid let alone all the other billions of perfectly designed things you see every day like trees , flowers , grass, clouds, etc so if you think humans and trees , animals ,birds etc happened by themselves then you must believe also that pyramids built themselves . i wouldn’t recommend you go around telling people that you believe pyramids built themselves because people are going to think your crazy . i don’t know exactly what is going to happen when you die but i know that a building is proof of a builder and a painting is proof of a painter , and a tool is proof of a tool maker then creation is proof of a creator . were are never going to know it all no matter how hard we try maybe that is why the bible says that anyone who relies on there own understanding is a fool , you could live to be a billion years old and live a billion lifetimes and you still wouldn’t know one billionth of one percent of all the knowledge there is in existence . well i hope this helped somehow and hope you will give your maker another shot , it is said that [ your eyes are open but you do not see ] and most people take things for granite , try to open your eyes and appreciate the beauty in this world and how it got here when you see it , even in a world of sin and evil be glad it is not all sin and evil . you have the ability to do good or evil and unfortunately there are no shortage of those who have chosen evil .

      • Robbie April 5, 2011 at 6:23 am #

        Good golly Miss molly what a freak you are Brett its about time you put your delerious ranting and raving mind into top gear and put it to some worthwhile task and STOP STOP talking about something you know NOTHING about and also STOP trying to force your WACKO beliefs onto others… In simple terms BRETT grow up get a life and do something constructive,

        • Brett April 5, 2011 at 10:33 am #

          To Robbie – do you have to work at being stupid or does it just come natural , but from what i read i would bet it just comes natural , In simple terms ROBBIE grow up get a life and do something constructive [ the good book says to try save the lost and that is constructive ] and i tell people if you do not want to believe in a creator then that is your right so i do not know where you get this crap about me forcing anything on anybody [ quit making up lies ] , i just tell them what the bible says and if they ask my opinion i give it to them and they decide if they choose to believe or not , and i know plenty about what i am talking about and a lot of what i have learned comes from dr. hilton sutton with over 60 years of studying the bible and is considered one of the worlds renowned experts on bible prophecy , so his knowledge is so FAR beyond you it is no surprise you say the garbage you do and you obviously have the education of a child and with a name like robbie you sound like a mommies boy. [ does mommy have to feed you to ] the only person who does not know what you are talking about is you and just because i choose to believe in a creator and you do not does not mean that what i am saying is delerious ranting and raving as you put it and it does not make me a freak but it does show just how lacking in knowledge and adulthood you are . and if you do not agree with anything i said then let me know what you think i said was wrong and then ask ask me about it or prove me wrong instead of name calling like a child . normally i do not say these kind of things in a reply but i made an exception in your [ mental ] case . here is your first lesson [ treat others the same way you want to be treated ] . creator or no creator good words to live by , and if you can talk like an adult and tell me [ like an adult] what i said you think was wrong just let me know and i will get back to you

    • CBear June 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      Well Curious George, Maybe you are partly right. Unlike the rest of us, evidently you DID arise from some vast sea of ammonia, or as we like to say “Man from mud”. Anyone who loutishly promotes that this amazing beauty “just happened” is evidence of the Creator’s sense of humor!

  3. Red December 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    You guys are hilarious…

  4. Juan December 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Fantastic photos, thanks a million! What a beautiful home we all have!

  5. Sherry Erickson December 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Hi: I loved the pictures and the comments filled with poetry and perhaps a religious type of thoughtfull process. I think the unkind comments are really cruel and inconsiderate. Your work is worth more than any currency and the beauty is above any unkind remarks… Ignore them.

    Best Wishes and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
    Keep up the good work.

  6. ike December 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Isn’t it amazing? Even beautiful pics like this can cause squabbling. Both sides have more than enough zealous tossers. Keep up the wonderful work Mr Wheelock.

    • pt January 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

      Ike, at the risk of sounding contradictory, I disagree that the pics caused the squabbling. It seems everyone with an opinion believes they have to voice it every chance they get just to provoke someone else with it, especially in a forum where they can safely remain anonymous. Conflict and confrontation are like drugs to a lot of folks, habit forming and sometimes producing nasty side affects. I’m with you about Mr. Wheelock’s work, these are magnificent photos captured from a perspective few of us will ever enjoy first hand. As a photographer myself, that is what interests me here. Too bad the “I’m right, you’re wrong” crowd has stumbled upon it to taint the experience for those of us who are content just enjoying the photos. Sort of like when the ants show up to a picnic….

  7. Livvy December 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    I Wonder…Do Astronauts become depressed at the End of their Space Missions…? Do the Apollo Astronauts Weep at the full moon…?? Knowing they will Never return…? To have Lost such must be Agony…

  8. Thomas December 29, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    Absolutely stunning photographs – pity they’re spoilt with the overt Christian views.

  9. Patricia Bolton December 29, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    I really enjoyed the pics of the Space Shuttle and the Hurricane what it is like up in space. Gods beauty is so magnificent. Thank you for sharing
    Patricia Bolton

  10. sootyft December 30, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Leaving creationism and evolution out of it all, the pics were wonderful. They are made even more beautiful by the knowledge that I will never see these wonders myself. What a head trip it must be to be so far above the earth, looking down at it all.

    ” From a distance the world looks blue and green,
    and the snow-capped mountains white.
    From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
    and the eagle takes to flight.

    From a distance, there is harmony,
    and it echoes through the land.
    It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,
    it’s the voice of every man…”

    • D. Baker December 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

      Regardless of God or not, this planet is OUR home; and we are charged as its stewards, our fates for good or ill will be determined on how we care for our home.

      Thank you Astronaut Wheelock for sharing, job well done!

      A Citizen of Earth

    • Livvy January 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      Lovely Poem…

  11. Alan December 31, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Note how many of the “city” views around the planet are quite smoggy looking; until you see the view of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Our air is clean here and we hope that those other smoggy cities will not spill over their smoggy, polluted air to Hawaii. Awesome how much we might all learn from these photos by Astronaut Wheelock. Mahalo from Hawaii! Great shooting!!

  12. Pat January 1, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Thank you for sharing, if not for people like you so many of us citizens would never get to see such sights.

  13. Cheryl A. Feldman January 2, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Amazing pictures. I can see from the previous comments that people just can’t seem to enjoy and appreciate the hard work involved by gifted people of our planet. Thank you for sharing your incredible space journey Doug…

  14. Phyllis January 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    All the wonderful reactions have been said over and over. I can only add my humble words…..Breathtaking. Thank you God for this wonderful Earth, and thank you Austronaut Wheelock for your descriptions of your wonderful photos.

  15. Mike H January 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Curious George, Thomas and any other who might disagree with those Christian views…
    listen up
    i don’t necessarily agree with them either, but consider this. if we don’t believe that there is a god out there then wouldn’t we believe that it’s our job to make this world a better place? that the disease war and famine is our fault, for not having made it a good enough place? ask the UN; if any generation had the chance to make a difference it was ours… and so far we haven’t done squat. but if we wanted to make the world a better place i think we would stand against things like racial prejudice, gender based discrimination, and would stand up for cultural freedom. why not then have some tolerance of somebody else’s beliefs about where we (humans and our planet) came from. isn’t it in our constitution to have freedom of thought and freedom of speech? your verbal abuse of these people’s beliefs feeds into the same feelings of hatred and contempt that starts wars like the crusades(religious), that fuels genocides(ethnic-cultural), or that promotes the apartheid(racial)…
    if you want to call yourself an atheist, if you think that we are the responsible ones and not some god, and if that is the system you are standing for, then you are only making yourself look like part of the problem… not the solution.

    the alternative of course is Hitler. very strong evolutionist. his goal was, after all, to purify the human race…

    • pssst January 4, 2011 at 5:23 am #

      Lets all get together and sing Kumbaya and just enjoy the scenery and the lovely words. Damn! Some of you would screw up a two car funeral.

    • Priss January 4, 2011 at 7:26 am #

      And I will extend my hand and a hug and still call you my brother. If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask God to bless you, too. (And even those who would rather show hatred and anger when I show my good will and love to them…)

      The men who perpetrated the crimes of religious wars did not take time to know God personally. They killed people before they could make up their minds about their own salvation. A heart can’t be forced, after all. Not by mere men. And thankfully, God loves us enough to desire for us to love him of our own resolve. It’s not genuine otherwise, is it? The afflictions of the world are temporary. (As a side note, some self-proclaimed Christians would do well to remember when they support wars, they go directly against the words Christ himself spoke. I call out my fellow believers much faster, because they should KNOW better. Of course, that’s assuming they take the time to study, read, and listen.)

      It’s kind of like science studies. You can’t read the startup manual and have full knowledge of the encompassing impact of what we know. And we never know the full story. There are ALWAYS more questions. A man who doesn’t question science or his relationship with God practices religion. Faith was never really blind… but some people seem to be a seeing eye dog anyway. ;)

    • lawless January 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      Shucks…Godwin kills it everytime!

  16. minnie January 4, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    The photos are absolutely breathtaking.

  17. Gail January 5, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    God is long suffering (patient) giving us every chance to discover him through the very nature that these wonderful photos demonstrate. One day the long suffering will end and we will be called to stand at judgement. Those who insist he never existed will acknowledge him then, and be required to pay the penalty for their sins (transgression of Gods law). Those who have accepted the Messiah’s gift (His death in our stead) of payment for sin (transgression of Gods law) will be ushered into a new age of fellowship with Him without sin. Very simple and totally unacceptable by people who live only in the flesh. He wants you to accept Him with the blind faith of a child. That is the beginning. Proof comes with growth, and growth comes with seeking. Seek Him and you will find Him and Proof for you. The Bible proves itself, but you must look for that proof. The more I seek, the more I find. It is absolutely amazing, just like these wonderful photos. It is as hard to prove God is true in a few sentences as it is to photograph the world from space. If you want to know you will find out, if you don’t you will not.

    Love your photos and love your comments. Beautiful, both.

  18. Pete January 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Everyone is entitled to beliefs that formulate their position in the Universe within a comfort level that they can live with. Seeing pictures like these and the long range ones from the Hubble makes it apparent that at a minimum we are all part of something grand beyond our understanding, whether we exist as individuals or dust motes. Appreciate what we have now, enjoy the beauty around us and be considerate of other’s beliefs.

  19. Simon January 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    God is indeed AWESOME whether anyone acknowledge it or not. This is only a small percentage of what He has enabled humans to view of what He had done. As to the things that are happening, only time, God’s timing, will tell.

    • dita. January 6, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Thankyou for the photos, Very much appreciated.

      Interesting comments thats gone of tracks slightly, has opened my eyes. It’s just that it has never really been prooved 100% either way about God or Gods of religious beliefs exist or not and if it has, please show me, I would genuinely be interested.
      It’s a very personnel thing that each individual person is entitled to believe in or not. Not argue, forcefully trying to make others believe or not in your own view .It’s one of those arguments that will never be won out completely and forever cause arguments. Wether a divine being created the Earth and the Galaxies or just happens to suddenly be there, will be another impossible thing to say for certain happened. I question all of the above every day and i can not come up with a satisfied answer for myself, Whom or what made our planet be here, I’m just grateful that it is and the pictures that were taken.
      I’m just fed up that this will never be answered.

      • intelligence January 7, 2011 at 6:40 am #

        Just ask someone who has been brainwashed by religion, they’ll let you know that god is a %100 fact. Or, if that’s not good enough, ask an asshole who profits off religion, and they’ll tell you the same thing.

      • B. Hil January 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

        dita,

        Read Genesis 3

      • Brett March 31, 2011 at 11:51 am #

        To Dita – i can understand your frustration we can all go back and forth about creation or evolution but the real question is weather or not there is life after death and there are a small amount of people who have been dead and came back and told there stories and they are all documented deaths by professionals and like it or not these people have the answers you and i can only guess at and they are on a show called [ i survived beyond and back ] so i would recommend we all listen to the voice of experience then read these studies below also , and according to these people there is life after the body dies which means you have a soul and that means heaven and hell are real and so are god and satan etc. . i hope you become a believer in god and jesus and truly repent so you will be saved but ultimately that is completely up to you , and like the good book says what shall it profit you if you gain the whole world yet loose your own soul [ nothing you have is more important than your soul ] . well if you have any more questions feel free to ask and i will do what i can to help and i hope you watch the shows

        here is a link to some [ NDE ] near death experiences someone on here sent me that i just copied and pasted for you to read – Scientists at the University of Southampton devised a test for out of body experiences. and here what it says . Cardiologist Michael Sabom described a near-death experience that occurred while its experiencer – a woman who was having an unusual surgical procedure for the safe excision and repair of a large basilar artery aneurysm – met all of the accepted criteria for brain death. The unusual medical procedure involved the induction of hypothermic cardiac arrest, in order to insure that the aneurysm at the base of the brain would not rupture during the operation. The patient’s body temperature was lowered to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, her heartbeat and breathing ceased, her brain waves flattened, and the blood was completely drained from her head. Her electroencephalogram was totally flat (indicating no cerebral electrical activity) and auditory evoked potentials (normally elicited by clicks presented through molded earplugs that had been inserted into her ears) ceased (indicating cessation of brainstem functioning). Ordinarily – at regular body temperature – the brain cannot function without its oxygen supply for more than a few minutes. Lowering the body and brain temperature to 60 degrees F. – by chilling the blood in a bypass machine before returning it to the body and brain – however, can reduce cellular metabolism so that the brain can tolerate complete cerebral blood flow for the 45 minutes or so required for the brain operation. The patient later reported that, apparently while under these “brain death” conditions, she had a near-death experience (NDE) in which she was able to observe and hear details of objects and happenings in the operating room with accuracy. She also experienced classic components of the NDE, including a tunnel vortex, a bright light, and different figures in the light (many deceased family members, including a distant cousin of whose death she had been unaware).says about Near Death Experiences .

        and – An anecdotal example of evidence that a person’s consciousness leaves and returns to their body during an NDE comes from the research of Dr. Melvin Morse. Olga Gearhardt was a 63 year old woman who underwent a heart transplant because of a severe virus that attacked her heart tissue. Her entire family awaited at the hospital during the surgery, except for her son-in-law, who stayed home. The transplant was a success, but at exactly 2:15 am, her new heart stopped beating. It took the frantic transplant team three more hours to revive her. Her family was only told in the morning that her operation was a success, without other details. When they called her son-in-law with the good news, he had his own news to tell. He had already learned about the successful surgery. At exactly 2:15 am, while he was sleeping, he awoke to see his Olga, his mother-in-law, at the foot of his bed. She told him not to worry, that she was going to be alright. She asked him to tell her daughter (his wife). He wrote down the message, and the time of day and then fell asleep. Later on at the hospital, Olga regained consciousness. Her first words were “did you get the message?” She was able to confirm that she left her body during her near-death experience and was able to travel to her son-in-law to communicate to him the message. This anecdotal evidence demonstrates that the near-death experience is a return to consciousness at the point of death, when the brain is dying. Dr. Melvin Morse thoroughly researched Olga’s testimony and every detail had objective verification including the scribbled note by the son-in-law. Such testimonies have been similarly well-documented for hundreds of years. Fredrick Meyers’ classic text entitled “Human Personality and Its Survival After Death” meticulously documents hundreds of these kinds of stories.
        there is a lot more info than just these 2 experiences but from what i have just read there is life after the body dies .

        • Livvy March 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

          “Proof” of life after death does not mean your god exists…It means the Human Soul survives death…Only that…

  20. Berit Berg January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I love these pictures! We do have a beautiful world and we need to take care of it. Thank you for showing it to us!

    • Dave Clarke UK January 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

      If ever there was a so called God (which there never ever was or anyone like it) he was a thief for stealing the minds of many people and filling their heads with total and utter tosh and an inbuilt disease to pass the tosh on to other deluded sufferers of the weak and narrow minded.

      • ben January 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

        you are a troll and a dick head. anthropomorphising god is soooooooo fucking STUPID.

        fuck off and die.

        • rain January 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

          You need to get a life & stop with the nasty words. If you believe in God thats fine if you dont thats fine also. Thats not the issue, the beauty of the photos is the issue!

    • Brett March 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      i see a lot of people on here saying how beautiful the pictures are and they are grateful to the creator first and i see nothing wrong with that at all , it reminds me of a short story about a father who came home from work and every day his children would greet him at the door then the father gave the children a television set and shortly after he noticed that the children no longer greeted him at the door [ the moral of the story is that the gift became more important than the giver ] and that is WRONG , if i told you the pyramids built themselves you would think i am a fool , yet it takes a lot more intelligence to create human bodies male and female perfectly designed for each other , fruits, vegetables , trees , flowers etc. , if you believe these things built themselves then you must believe a lesser design like pyramids created themselves but of coarse we all know there is no way pyramids built themselves so how much more of a fool would you have to be to think a far superior design did .

  21. jetdrvr January 7, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    A lifetime of flying makes me appreciate your unique vantage point. These are remarkable photos. Thanks for publishing them.

    It is so typical that lesser mortals seek to intrude their religious philosophies, or absence of them, into the mix, snarling and hissing and attacking each other, attempting to explain the unexplainable. Your vantage point, which encompasses such incredible beauty, thankfully allows you to be removed from petty human disagreements and to enjoy the whole for what it is.

  22. ben January 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    talking about god is for people who dont talk with god.

    fuck all of you, no one knows shit so shut the fuck up and keep your beliefs to your selves.

  23. Graham Bibby January 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I have never seen the artifacts of cosmic radiation on a digital image before you pointed it out. Since the sensors are blown out the life of a camera must be severely limited up there. It is a sobering thought that interplanetary travel would be hampered by cosmic radiation that isn’t otherwise shielded by Earth’s magnetic core. It must be a serious concern regarding your well being when in orbit.

  24. Livvy January 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Love the caption on #17…

  25. DR. ALVARO SEQUERA DUARTE January 8, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Cada dia es superior la calidad de las fotos tomadas desde el espacio y cada dia nos damos cuenta que la capa de ozono se encuentra destruida por culpa de hombre y sus inventos, es el costo del avance de la ciencia.

    ALVARO SEQUERA DUARTE PROFESOR DE AERONAUTICA Y DEL ESPACIO

  26. Dick & Sue Davies January 9, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Thank you for a magnificent trip and your beautiful words. There is a power and a majesty in the universe beyond our understanding. We would love to be able to see for ourselves from your perch. You have provided a wonderful second best. We wish you well. We hope to see more of, and from the frontier of space with you as our guide.

    • Deb January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      You should all stop squabbling and enjoy the incredible beauty that these pictures show and the awe that was in the heart of the viewer. To be so lucky as he! Mr Wheelock, Thank you so much.

      • 48Mick January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

        I’m by no means a hard-core believer. I prefer to keep an open mind. Maybe God set off the big bang.

        • B. Hil January 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

          I think you are a hard core unbeliever…God created what you just viewed. No big bang here, but God in His glory created it into being by His great authority. Read Genesis 3 in the bible with your so called “open mind” of yours.

          Think about how you see with your eyes and how your heart pumps life giving blood..Big Bang?? Really??? Really????

          • Livvy January 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

            Really…

  27. EMILY O BRIEN January 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    amazing

  28. Livvy January 16, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I researched Ayion Oros Penisula as Colonel Wheelock suggested in photo #40…Very Interesting…Ancient land…

  29. offended January 16, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I think the debate about God vs religion vs science has no place here. This is about a person and his view and take on a truly magnificent journey he was lucky enough to participate in. They are his pictures and what he believes in. You don’t like it tough leave or just admire the beautiful images and go away. Why do people always have to ruin a good thing?

    • Dana January 19, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Thank you, offended, for your comment. I so agree with you; why do people have to be so negative? Doug Wheelock is not only doing SO much to contribute to our planet, but taking time from a very beautiful, but also VERY dangerous place to share this with us. I will never understand religious debates regardless; they are what divide us. I was astounded by the magnificent beauty and splendor, and was thrilled with Col. Wheelock’s passion and excitement for our planet and the universe. Many thanks!!

  30. Prashant January 18, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    Hi, Not a single photo of ASIA,,, i was wondering how Mount Everest and Mansarovor or China will look

    • Dana January 19, 2011 at 10:19 am #

      I must really write again; I truly hope Col. Wheelock never sees most of these comments. I wish I had never bothered to read them myself. I was so grateful for the beauty and for his inspiring and thoughtful descriptions, and he never once said anything “religious”. Think of a “God” or “god” as a Great Architect of the Universe, and perhaps you will change or improve your perception or opinion of a Deity that is or is not involved in our personal lives. Enjoy beauty, love nature, and be kind to others. Peace, love, tolerance, truth, beauty, harmony, and science are positive things! Col. Wheelock is someone I have seen interviewed many times on the NASA channel, and he is a gracious and intelligent man. Be grateful he was looking down upon us from space and sharing his wonder as he and others risk their lives for US each day.

      • spclfxguy April 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

        HERE, HERE!!! Bottom line, let’s all just share the AWESOMENESS of this beautiful planet, and stop the violence, the bickering and the BS, and just enjoy ourselves, each other, and let’s enjoy the things that make us all different from one another!

        In MY opinion, a much better, easier, more life-relevant book (even more so than the Bible) is “The Sneetches and Other Stories,” by Dr. Suess (particularly “The Sneetches”). Then, if one can understand what he/she has read, move on to…

  31. Trev January 20, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    What a fine man Colonel Wheelock is, and I now truly believe his colleagues & comrades are also. Colonel Wheelock has the eye of an artist, the mind of a poet, and a sense of history and occasion that is rarely met in these times, I am not an American but I tell you, America, it’s fine people like this gentleman who you should be all so proud of. His superb work is so admirable, unlike much of the dreary political & religious twaddle prated by so many of the commenters.
    Colonel Wheelock & your Colleagues, you honour us all with your work, dedication, adventure, and simple humility!

  32. Rob January 21, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking of our earth.

    It’s a shame that some of the armchair critics who used this comments forum to stand on their soapbox to attack belief systems with unnecessary abuse and vitriol, didn’t take the time to actually take in the 40 images of incredible scenery, before they started venting off!

    It seems these folk missed the explanatory messages on many of the photos that gave a sense of the impact on Astronaut Wheelock who took the time and trouble to open up and express his thoughts about the beauty and wonder of what he saw.

    The majority of the visitors at this site also enjoyed what all of us here will never experience – an incredible journey,

    Thank you Astronaut Wheelock for letting us share a part of your incredible experience. We are grateful and appreciative.

    Soapbox rant off :)

  33. Livvy January 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    #10…Can you Imagine the Size of the meteor or asteroid that made that crater…?

    #4…One can truly Feel the Mystery…I wonder Why the Northern & Southern Lights are that particular shade of Ethereal green…

    Who will settle Antarctica when all that ice melts…? I’m told it harbors an Enormous lake & huge mountain range…

    #1…The Moon…Ancient Luna…How Wonderful to stand on Mars & watch it’s two moons hurtling by…Or Jupiter & Saturn…To see those Rings curving against the evening sky…While nearly countless moons of every hue sparkle the sky…

    Please don’t let our Space travels end with this program…Unmanned probes simply don’t do us justice…We owe it to ourselves to Wander On…

  34. Lukas March 21, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    This is really something!!

    Well Done!

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