The Universe

Space Prints and Photos of Earth

Earth at Night

"The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation of a distant memory, as if we were falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries. The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky. :: The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent to the concerns of such puny creatures as we are."

Whirlpool Galaxy

"Up there in the immensity of the Cosmos, an inescapable perception awaits us. National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic, religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars."

"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself..."

--quotes from Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Earth at Night

Gratitude Gallery is pleased to present some awe inspiring, fun, and intriguing collections of public domain images found in various missions by NASA, including Hubble space images.

We have provided some sizes and papers to choose from, but if you're looking for something special or a different choice, these images are available in any size on any medium.

Imagery and artwork that is in the public domain is copyright free and can be printed for any use, provided that it was either published prior to 1923 and therefore has no copyright, published between 1923 and 1977 but had no copyright notice, or is from a government agency wherein the peoples' tax dollars pay for the right to use the images.