NASA Astronaut Douglas Wheelock captured the image to the right of the Middle East late on the evening of September 2, 2013, while the International Space Station was passing over the Sahara Desert.
As Egypt below remained in a state of emergency and world leaders debated actions against the regime of Syria’s dictator to the northeast, the U.S. Army colonel and West Point graduate provided the following thoughtful caption for the image on his Twitter feed.
“So what will it be for our children? ‘Love of Power’ or ‘Power of Love’?”
His comments, which also evoked the words of the poet Robert Frost, came from humanity’s most remote outpost at 220 miles above the Earth.
Cruising along at 17,200 mph in international cooperation, the astronauts experience 15 or 16 sunrises and sunsets every day and peer down on a world of natural wonders, seemingly at peace.