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Borders From Space

From the blog post:

I have always said, “you can’t see any borders from space.” Apparently I was wrong. On the evening of August 17, 2011, I “flew” to the Cupola, the windowed observatory of the International Space Station, to shoot some photographs for a time-lapse photography project I have been working on for ...

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Borders are kind of "natural" since each state has them. They are lines drawn on maps and marked by signs on the ground. That is the "peaceful" version of country borders. Illuminating them at night is already a "reinforced" variant since this means there actually is an intention to prevent people from passing it. This particular border does not follow a river, it is man-made, consists of a wire mesh fence covered by thick elephant grass (to hinder visibility). The vision really should be not to have "such" borders.

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I'm astonishment...can´t understand why it happens again, another wall, another border...they splurge in a fence and have people in extremly poberty and hunger!!!It´s a deep wound that must be heal,don´t know how yet but think together we can make a difference, right? well, let´s figure it out!

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I saw an article posted on Univrse Today about this Blog and the borders photo -- that photo over their on that site is awesome -- shows lots of Stars in the space background. Would like to see more photos and streaming video from the ISS - thank you for your efforts and take good care - your doing some amazing work

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Ron, I hope you run for public office...in your spare time when you're not flying in space and founding humanitarian enterprises. Your comment: " The point is that we can look down at that same area and feel empathy for the struggles that all people face" is what we need more of from our political leadership. I'm really serious about you running for office. Really. :)

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What a beautiful photo, even though some of the implications are very sad. There's a saying that "Good fences make good neighbors." When people agree where one citizen's property ends and another's begins, they can coexist peacefully and happily. But not all fences represent good neighbors. Instead of simply a symbolic demarcation of a border, sometimes fences are erected as a barrier. This does not mean the fence itself is evil and should be torn down; instead it is a sign of a greater social and political issue. It is a sign that one side or both feel threatened, unsafe. I don't want to get rid of borders and fences. I simply want to see an Earth where fences are no more than a decorative method of showing people where a border exitsts. And that can not happen till everyone feels safe.

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What an amazing picture, and an eye opener for sure. Sadly beautiful...

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I challenge anyone to avoid eating anything for hours and then go sleep hungry. You will feel what in a passage of the post Ron is talking about and I think we would have much more comprehension of what means suffering. It's full of walls. There are also some just built by Israel. It's all illegal. It's not right. People have acted a nasty role. In the case of Israel and India \ Afghanistan it has been United Kingdom that playied a bad part and provoked the actual situation. We should now work hard to heal all the deep wounds that have been made over Earth. Not everybody knows the story between Pakistan and India and the hate there is. We should all give example. The example missed by Earth and new developing countries in the past years. The example was not given by the developed countries people and governments. Now we are paying the results.

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I agree!

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Beth I actually hope that Ron will write a book with his fellow, why not, crew members and make this book an inspirational Constitution for every citizen of our human society. It must be a "visionary" book. Ciao m.

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Borders are as natural as states. It is not natural at all but for civilisation to exist they are a necessary evil.

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