Our planet is rare, precious, and fragile. It’s up to all of us to be its steward.
With the advent of rocketry and spaceflight, our cosmic perspective changed forever.
Even amateurs can reach such heights on a shoestring budget.
From low-Earth orbit, International Space Station astronauts have the best views of Earth.
Dormant and active volcanoes reveal our planet’s prevailing winds.
Our planet’s largest rivers carve through the land.
Glaciers and glacial melts reveal a seasonally cyclic planet.
Windy features common to gas giants appear in our clouds.
Lakes appear multicolored dependent on organisms and minerals found within them.
While collapsed volcanoes reveal hundreds of millions of years of geology.
Atolls display the decaying beauty of erosion and life.
All while our thin atmosphere makes biology possible.
Our constant monitoring irrefutably demonstrates human-caused terrestrial changes.
And an unambiguously rotating, revolving planet.
Still, venturing farther away reveals Earth’s cosmic insignificance.
From interplanetary space, our details become blurred and fuzzy.
At the distance of Mars, the Earth and Moon are still impressive.
As seen from Mercury, we’re practically always in a full phase.
But as we venture to the outer planets, we’re barely a speck.
From the edge of the Solar System, we’re hardly visible at all.
In all the Universe, only Earth is home to humanity.
Mostly Mute Monday tells a scientific story in images, visuals, and no more than 200 words. Talk less; smile more.Ethan Siegel is the author of Beyond the Galaxy and Treknology. You can pre-order his third book, currently in development: the Encyclopaedia Cosmologica.