NASA Shows Us The Earth 'Breathing' From Space

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By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

NASA has given us a view of the earth 'breathing' by collecting data on the levels of life in the ocean and on the land continuously for the last 20 years. The animation of all this combined information shows us exactly how the planet maintains itself and the conditions for life to thrive on land and at sea. The images show different colours for the amount of vegetation on land and phytoplankton [the most basic level of marine life] at sea.

"I have several friends and acquaintances who are astronauts, they all say the same thing when they are in orbit on the space shuttle or in the international space station and they look down at the earth, they see one climate, one planet. We are all in this together and we need to work together to make sure that life as we know it continues on this wonderful planet."

These are the words of Dr Compton Tucker, Senior Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He was one of the pioneering legends of environmental satellites and the point he makes is crucial for everyone; current legends and legends-in-the-making.

With respect to the climate, if we don't follow the principle that has made many legends successful - learning how to work together with others on a true win/win basis - then life, as we know it today, could be dramatically different, when NASA launches its next video, in 20 years time.

To learn more from NASA about what they have learned from observing the earth for the last 20 years, watch the video below;

Here is a link to the NASA page, explaining more details.

To see the 'raw footage' for yourself and watch the ice caps expand, contract and the levels of phytoplankton create a 'desert' in the south pasific, click on this link, courticy of Euronews and BTMG;

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Featured Image By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA (Barcelona, Spain) [Public domain or CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons