Libya from space. ( Astronaut Ron Garan Twitter )
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As clashes between the rebels and pro-Gaddafi force continued Wednesday, Astronaut Ron Garan snapped this photo of Libya from space. The serene view of the Middle Eastern country stands in stark contrast to the chaotic scene hundreds of miles below.
Garan, a 49-year-old former Air Force pilot who currently resides at the International Space Station, posts similarly amazing photos of the Earth to his Twitter account daily, including this one of Hurricane Irene, over the Caribbean.
The image evokes Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot:” Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.