How insignificant we truly are.

Taken from the International Space Station

This photograph, taken by Paolo Nespoli from the International Space Station, shows the launch of an Ariane 5 rocket on top of which is the 20 tonne Johannes Kepler, an ATV (automated transfer vehicle) which will be the only supply means for the ISS once NASA stops flying the shuttle.

We may dream, we may conceive and write and make fantastic, mind-boggling science fiction; but we’re still stuck, here on earth. And we can’t afford to stuff up our only planet – after all, we have nowhere else to live. Do we?

Launch of the Johannes Kepler

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