Image Credit: ISS Expedition 2 Crew, Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, NASA
Courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center (https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov)
499 seconds have passed. We’ve reached our destination.
How comfy! There’s oxygen! Maybe it’s not that “clean” anymore, but still, you can breathe without an oxygen tank, without a mask, most times… You’re here at ease. You don’t explode. Your blood does not boil in your veins, you’re not freezing – hopefully.
Look at your feet, how firmly they stand on the ground. How gravity holds you.
You can touch your skin now. Is it warm or chilly? The glove is your only suit.
You can hear me, the steps of others; cars, bicycles, maybe birds and wind.
It’s still much better here than there. Not for long though. Do you appreciate it while you still can?
They say, Earth is the best spaceship available to creatures living here.
Our time on Earth is almost up. One photon stays here, another goes even further without even realising it.