“The Earth at night looks even more magical than it does during the day. There is always a storm happening somewhere. Flashes of lightening sometimes cover up to a fourth of a continent. At first you see this as a natural disturbance, the eruption of splashes as a majestic spectacle. Aboard the spacecraft it’s quiet. The peals of thunder cannot be heard, the gusts of wind cannot be felt, and it seems as if everything is calm, simply a play of light.”  
– Cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov

© 2017 - 2020  Richard Henry Whitehurst

All photos of Earth from space are courtesy of NASA.

Many quotes by astronauts courtesy of the books: (1) The Overview Effect by Frank White - and - (2) The Home Planet by Kevin W. Kelly.