An incredible view of Earth is seen through the 250mm telephoto lens from about 226,200 km (122,100 nautical miles) out in space.

North is right with the Greenland icecap visible. The eastern Pacific Ocean is dominant with North and South America plainly visible. The 24 astronauts of Project Apollo between December 1968 and December 1972 were the only human beings in history to witness such views of the disc of the Earth.

“I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles their outlook could be fundamentally changed. That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced; The tiny globe would continue to turn, serenely ignoring its subdivisions, presenting a unified face that would cry out for unified understanding, for homogeneous treatment. Earth must become as it appears: blue and white, not capitalist or communist; blue and white, not rich or poor; blue and white, not envious or envied.”

—Michael Collins, July 2009 (Bizony, pg. 99)