NASA. Looking inward.

July 23, 2008

Quite a beautiful thing. NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is pretty self-explanatory. Then there was the July 22 post.

It starts off looking like a bit of a parody, but there are some incredible world locations shown in the video. And people. Lots of them. You can’t help but smile at the inner nature of humans, human life, humans living and breathing together. It’s great to put aside problems sometimes and relish in what we have. Kind of reminds me of another look back at our world.

I love that NASA put this as their picture of the day. They follow it up with a ‘professional explanation’:

What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, started dancing, and filmed the result. The video is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious — few people are able to watch the above video without smiling.

Go watch it.

Hat tip: Thanks to Nathan for posting this on Facebook, via NASA via Vimeo via Where the Hell Is Matt?