We’re always looking out from Earth and seeing the other planets; Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as the Milky Way, Andromeda, and many other objects in space. A View of Earth from MarsI ran across this image of the Earth and the Moon as viewed from Mars. The second picture compares the photo of Earth with a globe of Earth so that the orientation of the poles and the continents can be observed.

I find this picture intriguing. It sort of scales the actual distance of the Moon and the Earth from one another. Rather simplistic, but there is beauty in simplicity. The picture was taken by the Mars Orbital Camera from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor back in 2003.

Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-368, 22 May 2003

And for no particular reason, except that I happened to be humming this tune at the moment, I thought I would pair these images with the lyrics from the Little River Band’s song, “Cool Change”, released in 1979. It conveys to me, anyway, the solitariness (is that a word?) of the image, even though the planet is populated with over 6,000,000,000 inhabitants.
Earth orientation

The Little River Band’s song “Cool Change” from 1979

If there’s one thing in my life that’s missing
It’s the time I spend alone
Sailing on the cool and bright clear waters
There’s lots of those friendly people
Showin me ways to go
And I never want to lose your inspiration
Time for a cool change…
I know that it’s time for a cool change
Now that my life is so pre-arranged
I know that it’s time for a cool change
Well I was born in the sign of water
And it’s there that I feel my best
The albatross and the whales they are my brothers
It’s kind of a special feeling
When you’re out on the sea alone
Starin’ at the full moon like a lover
Time for a cool change…
I know that it’s time for a cool change
Now that my life is so prearranged
I know that it’s time for a cool change
Well I’ve never been romantic
And sometimes I don’t care
I know it may sound selfish
But let me breathe the air
If there’s one thing in my life that’s missing
It’s the time that I spend alone
Sailing on the cool and bright clear waters
It’s kind of a special feeling
When you’re out on the sea alone
Staring at the full moon like a lover
Time for a cool change…
I know that it’s time for a cool change
Now that my life is so prearranged
I know that it’s time for a cool change

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