Meanwhile, back on earth... A Slideshow

Earth, 1971, Apollo 15, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Center for Earth and Planetary St The planets and outer space used to seem far, far away from our lives down on earth. But as this slideshow reveals, by the mid-twentieth century—with Ford Galaxies in our driveways, satellite-shaped barbeque grills in our backyards, and as we watched astronauts walk on the moon on TV—our perspectives began to shift. In the late 1960s and early 70s, as Steward Brand, editor of the Whole Earth Catalog reminds us, “riveting Earth photos reframed everything. For the first time humanity saw itself from outside.”  Today, we’re all citizens of the universe, as non-stop streams of images—spectacular ones made with cameras pointing up and down from satellites, observatories, and planetary rovers, as well as more casual images like these, curated from Flickr members—remind us. [gallery link="file"] Photo Credits Looney Toons, by Antonia Gomez Galaxie 500, by Andy van der Raadt My Favorite Martian, by TedsBlog me too, by Malingering Kylee's star tattoo, by Lisa D The Rich are Wrecking the Planet, by Tavis Ford Alium, by  Paul Macrae E550 with telescope finder, by R1CARD0 we can destroy the planet later, by Erin MC HammerSo steampunk, by Erin Pettigrew Trip to Planet Sandwich, by Matt Barber Telescope control room, Bruno Dr. Sanchez-Andrade Nuno Roddenberry's Star, by Sean Duncan eclipse images 2009, Bruno Dr. Sanchez-Andrade Nuno planet lineup, by Liz

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