Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

I was just reminiscing that one year ago I was looking at my home from space.  Trying to pick out the familiar mountains and hills, the pattern of the streams and the river valleys.  The stunning beauty of our planet…an explosion of color, life, light, and motion hovering in a vast sea of darkness.  Now, as I stand here looking at this beautiful Autumn landscape, with the cool breeze on my face carrying the sweet smell of the Earth, I realize this is all undetectable from space…a calm silence…space is awesome, no denying that…but space cannot come close to stirring the human spirit like standing right here…in this moment.  

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace 
as I have seen in one autumnal face”   - John Donne

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1782 days ago

I was just reminiscing that one year ago I was looking at my home from space. Trying to pick out the familiar mountains and hills, the pattern of the streams and the river valleys. The stunning beauty of our planet…an explosion of color, life, light, and motion hovering in a vast sea of darkness. Now, as I stand here looking at this beautiful Autumn landscape, with the cool breeze on my face carrying the sweet smell of the Earth, I realize this is all undetectable from space…a calm silence…space is awesome, no denying that…but space cannot come close to stirring the human spirit like standing right here…in this moment.

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one autumnal face” - John Donne

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traveltuscany 1780 days ago

your image are special!
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chipshot00 1780 days ago

.....but only God can make a tree! Thanks Astro Wheels. That's got to be around Windsor.

canarchaudry 1781 days ago

Breathtaking Autumn landscape at its peak ready to awe the human spirit...Thanks Astro Wheels:)

Stelygs 1781 days ago

Oh! Autumn, the most visionary painter!...our enthusiasm for adventure leads us far from Earth, apparently just to realize that we live in the most wonderful place in space...Thank you!

Kikucchi 1781 days ago

I suppose the planet Earth carries just as much mysteries as the rest of the universe; our imagination is the only limit!? but the outer space is definitely cool!!!

ko2ri 1781 days ago

'Smell of the Earth' by astronaut is the most impressive word for me! :-))

albakutschker 1781 days ago

Fall color, red and gold, it reminds me where I lived 5 years, how many hours I spent walking the trails of the mountains giving life to my soul.Thanks

Kikucchi 1782 days ago

astro_w, you are truly blessed! appreciate your words & pix... alwsys tweeting from your heart (^o^), great insight! hope you will never get tired of sharing your experices in space as well as down on this planet:-D

Geshiela 1782 days ago

this planet has so much more to offer..to see..and feel...

Geshiela 1782 days ago

but we should be more curious and appreciative of our ocupied space..

Geshiela 1782 days ago

this made me realize that space is 'empty' and mysterious...thats why we are curious..

ANGELLACONSU 1782 days ago

Este universo es maravilloso!!.. Pero lo mejor es que lo podemos disfrutar..

infinitosincero 1782 days ago

"Nenhuma beleza da primavera, nem verão tem tanta graça
como eu já vi em um cara de outono "- John Donne

This place is called happiness...!!!!!

DanEllis_09 1782 days ago

*We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our children* Native American saying.

godivako 1782 days ago

Wonderful(^^)/

PC0101 1782 days ago

Of course, individual trees cannot be seen #fromspace. However, changes in the colors of entire landscapes can if you stay in the ISS for …. 7 months!

KathrinBrehm 1782 days ago

Indian summer. ;)

nasu_kazu 1782 days ago

AUTUMN Beauty is a Joy Forever !! ;-)

PC0101 1782 days ago

Wonderful colors of the fall forests. Indian summer!