My Holiday Gift to You

Like many others, I find the holidays stressful (and also wonderful and great but also stressful). Because I am a big nerd, one of my favourite ways to destress is to listen to calming music while looking at photos of Earth from space. I find it calming, and it puts things in perspective. So, here is some calming music by Erik Satie from YouTube, followed by lots and lots of photographs from space.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtLHiou7anE

The following were taken by astronaut Karen Nyberg:

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And here are some from astronaut Chris Hadfield:

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…I feel calmer just from making this post.

There are thousands (maybe millions) of similarly amazing photos from these astronauts and several others, but I can’t post them all here. If you want more, I’d recommend checking out the twitter feeds of the astronauts recently or currently in space: Chris Hadfield, Karen Nyberg, Luca Parmitano, Mike Hopkins, Rick Mastracchio, and Koichi Wakata.

I’ll leave you with my favourite photograph of all time, Earthrise:

earthrise

I hope you have a happy, low-stress, and space-filled holiday season!

 

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