It's maybe one of the most universal dreams shared by nearly all human beings - to view earth from space.

The spirit of exploration runs deep in so many of us. To see what's "over there" or "around the next corner"...to discover exotic new lands and, even new worlds, has lead people to do extraordinary things. For astronaut Donald R. Pettit it has propelled him to spend 370 days aboard the International Space Station.

Being afforded that rare privilege of viewing earth from space was not lost on Mr. Pettit. Feeling a strong sense of duty to share what he witnessed, he was inspired to use his talents as a photographer to create an amazing array of worldly and other-worldly images of earth, the stars, the auroras and everything in between. Many of the best of those photographs are included in this museum quality, hardcover, coffee table book.

The foreword is by Alan Bean. Mr. Bean is widely known for his artwork depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as those of his fellow Apollo program astronauts. In November, 1969, aboard Apollo 12, Bean became the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He made his final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973. After retiring from NASA in 1981, he pursued his passion for painting full time.