Earth, My Joyous Home

“It is impossible even to look down at the plain. For the plain itself rises as we rise. It is not merely true that the higher we climb the wider and wider is spread out below us the wealth of the world; it is not merely that the devil or some other respectable guide for tourists takes us to the top of an exceeding high mountain and shows us all the kingdoms of the earth. It is more than that, in our real feeling of it. It is that in a sense the whole world rises with us roaring, and accompanies us to the crest like some clanging chorus of eagles. The plains rise higher and higher like swift grey walls piled up against invisible invaders. And however high a peak you climb, the plain is still as high as the peak.

The mountain tops are only noble because from them we are privileged to behold the plains.”

– G. K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discussions, 1913


The Earth-Moon system, as seen on Jupiter-bound Juno’s last flyby here, October 9, 2013:

Credit: NASA/JPL-Cal Tech via


Meanwhile, in front of a used Mercury or Gemini heat shield** the Apollo 11 command module on Earth



** I looked it up here.

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