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Buzz Aldrin once said that from the moon, he could cover the earth with the tip of his thumb.

When I vacation in the Gulf of Mexico, I often stand with my ankles in the ocean, and look away, over the waters, to the horizon, and have my own feelings of insignificance.  There is much I do not understand about the plan of God here.

It is humbling to feel so insignificant.  And the following images only add to that humility.

The pictures, released by NASA, were taken from satellites and astronauts.  From on top of the world, they provide a glimpse of our home as if it were nothing more than the toy of a child.

The photographs are both inspiring, and chilling.  The palate of our planet is beautiful, but frightening, as we get a glimpse into how small even our largest elements really are.

A mosaic of NASA satellite images.
A mosaic of NASA satellite images.
The Great Barrier Reef, with the colonies of coral.
The Great Barrier Reef, with the colonies of coral.
The Manam Volcano, of Papua New Guinea, with billows of smoke rising into the atmosphere
The Manam Volcano, of Papua New Guinea, with billows of smoke rising into the atmosphere.
The Amazon and Negro Rivers of South America, during flooding season
The Amazon and Negro Rivers of South America, during flooding season.
Dust from the Sahara Desert, blowing over the British Isles
Dust from the Sahara Desert, blowing over the British Isles.
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