05/12/2014 04:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Enchanting View From Mars and Beyond! (PHOTOS)

Back in 1968, Apollo astronauts took a photo of the "Earthrise" over the barren landscape of the Moon.


NASA/Bill Anders

This iconic Christmas photo from space is widely recognized as having launched the ecology movement and Earth Day.

During the last 10 years, NASA has treated us to some of the most amazing imagery, from the distant rings of Saturn (provided by the Cassini mission) to the surface of Mars (thanks to the efforts of several operating rovers). One wonders what movements these images may inspire in the future. Here are some of my favorites!

Images From Mars

And when we finish with Mars, there are still other vistas across our Solar System that are just too cool for words, like seeing Earth through the rings of Saturn (thanks to the Cassini spacecraft), or seeing Earth as a pale blue dot from beyond the orbit of Pluto (thanks to the Voyager 1 spacecraft). Further out still, we have the dramatic discoveries of thousands of planets orbiting distant stars.

What amazing vistas will future robotic probes relay back to Earth? One hopes humanity survives to appreciate those new perspectives too!