An astronaut is amazed by the beauty of our planet, reminding us that it is one of a kind! Spacewalking astronaut Michael Massimino was on board Space Shuttle Atlantis during its latest space flight (a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope). Massimino had these remarks on the beauty of earth: “I felt like I was almost looking at a secret . . . that humans weren’t supposed to see this. This is not anything you’re supposed to see. It’s too beautiful. There are no words to describe how beautiful things are out there.”

When Massimino first saw the earth from space on a space walk in 2002 he said, “I thought, I’m not supposed to be looking at this. This was too much to see. It was like looking into absolute paradise.”

For all the people on earth who have not had the opportunity to view our planet from above (or below, since directions become somewhat meaningless in orbit!), Massimino’s words give us a small glimpse at the emotional power of seeing the beauty of earth. It is especially unique when compared to all the other things in space. Space can seem like a very dark and dead place, but earth looks like a wonderful place to live. While earth certainly is not paradise (any longer), its ability to sustain life is an important evidence for the Creator’s design. Perhaps Massimino, knowingly or not, caught the tiniest fraction of a fraction of a glimpse of what God saw in Genesis 1:31 after He had created.

Would you like to be an astronaut and travel into space to see the earth from that perspective?