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“For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.” Says Donald Williams, U.S.A.

Another astronaut friend, Taylor Wang, China/USA, recalls an old Chinese tale of some men sent to ravish a young girl. But when they see her beauty they become her protectors rather than her violators. “This is how I felt seeing the Earth for the first time. I could not help but love and cherish her.”

“From space I saw the Earth indescribably beautiful with all scars of national boundaries gone.” Says Muhammed Ahmad Faris of Syria. “The first day in space we pointed to our countries. Then we pointed to our continents. By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth.” Recalls Sultan Bin Salmon al-Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Then there is my old friend Edgar Mitchell, USA, who writes books, lays the foundation for noetic sciences, and says “My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.”

I don’t have to go into space myself to feel what my astronauts have felt. Every time I see a satellite picture of planet earth I become more human, more connected with my fellowmen, more protective of my environment. Where did I find this three page print-out called Outer Space Quotes copied from I don’t really know. At the end it says “back to Nature Scenes”.

One of the Nature Scenes granted to me is the full moon rising behind the Kankeshwar Hills that I see from the verandah in Awas. First there is a faint glow of light heralding the moon-rise at its location. Next comes a small drop of pure gold on the dark crest of the hill and then a large yellow moon pushes its way up from the darkness first slowly, then faster and finally leaving the hill, drifting into the sky, becoming smaller and whiter.
And here is Edgar Mitchell describing an Earth rise:

“Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow motion movements of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate, sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth – home.”