Friday, December 27, 2013
NASA releases images of space and of the earth throughout the year as a constant reminder of its activities and of the value they bring to the world. Some of these images are stunning and are works of art in themselves, but they are also educational. One can learn from every one of them more about the earth on which we live and the universe in which we exist. Images are one way of NASA saying to the public that it has value and space needs further exploration. There is no secret that the agency has been starved for cash and it needs to fend for itself and its mission. The continuous appearance of stunning photography is smart PR. It feeds fans and critics alike with beauty that is above the fray of budget cutting and questioning about its future. NASA has been transmitting images for decades. Here is a hope that it will continue to do so. Each one teaches us how precious the earth is and how alone we are.