Looking down on Earth from space, at night, provides a perspective few have seen first-hand — a tiny, pale blue dot turned into a black orb laced with gold jewels. Earth from space Etna Erupts in Sicily. For astronauts in space, the Earth is always an amazing sight and the year offered dazzling and sometimes frightening views of our home planet from space. From hurricanes and volcanoes to amazing sunsets, see the best photos of here. Moonrise from Earth Orbit: During Earth from space 2-hour orbit, two television cameras sent images to radio ground stations in Alaska and Virginia, which then relayed the data to Washington where they were converted into pictures. But from space, looking down on our Earth from space, the event takes on an entirely different perspective.