Sunday, July 27, 2014

Astronaut spots violence over Gaza, asks what Extraterrestrials would think

By Elizabeth Howell via Universe Today, 25 July 2014

Expedition 40 astronaut Alexander Gerst took this photo of the Israel and Gaza regions in July 2014 while explosions took place below (which are not visible in the photo). Credit: Alexander Gerst/Twitter

From his perch aboard the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst took this photo this week and said he could spot explosions and rockets in the blackness below. The location made him realize things were grim: it was over the Gaza and Israel region.

After the photo went viral on Twitter (it’s been shared nearly 40,000 times to date), Gerst wrote a blog post reflecting on what he saw. He acknowledged the violence wasn’t visible in the photo, but said he could still see it.

“What came to my mind at the time of this photo was, if we ever will be visited by another species from somewhere in the universe, how would we explain to them what they might see as the very first thing when they look at our planet?” wrote Alexander Gerst in a post on the European Space Agency’s website.

“How would we explain to them the way we humans treat not only each other but also our fragile blue planet, the only home we have? I do not have an answer for that.”

Gerst described the scene as “streaks of light going forth and back over a dark Earth, occasionally lit up by orange fireballs.”

Here’s the original tweet:

Posted with permission from Universe Today

1 comment:

Rainbow Warrior said...

I often wonder what humans would be like if not for the evil influence of the powers that be (were)? I hope I will see that in this lifetime. I have also been wondering lately, if part of the ascension process is essentially overcoming the duality of the human condition, will Earth still be a good training ground for the soul? Don't we need those challenges and hardships? Of course, I think we can still learn without destroying the planet but how will the shift in consciousness affect Earth as our classroom?