The View From Above

Astronaut Sunita Williams describes how space travel changes your perspective:

When you’re flying in space some of the things down on Earth seem trivial. Things like politics leave your mind. I didn’t feel like I was a person from the United States, I felt like I was lucky enough to be a person from Earth. For me, [most] news wasn’t important but people are important, so when you hear about natural disasters like hurricanes and fires, that makes you miss home and wonder how everybody’s coping. But I would also look back at the planet and think, “Gosh, it’s a pretty little place, everybody’s going for a walk on the beach or something like that, they must be enjoying life down there.”