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Here's some food for thought: The distance between Tahiti, where the explorer James Cook observed the Transit of Venus in June, 1769 and Hawaii, where +NASA telescopes on Hawaii's Mauna Loa will observe the same phenomenon later today, can be measured by years and miles, or by humanity’s quest for knowledge of the universe. Where will that quest lead us to by 2117, the next time our neighboring planet passes directly between our +Fragile Oasis and the face of our shared Sun? The Mauna Loa volcano, on the big island of Hawaii, photographed from the International Space Station, 21:51 GMT December 29, 2011
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We need more places like Hawaii and Tahiti :P

Also, another Earth would be convenient.
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aesome...amazing....subhanaallah ;0
 
Very profound. Something to muse on while making my coffee.
 
Wow,how amazing picture!!! We should take care of Earth because this beauty!
 
why look out for heaven, when we are in it!
 
We're supposed to be able to see it here in NZ but naturally it's raining cats and dogs across the whole country.
 
 Where will that quest lead us to by 2117, the next time our neighboring planet passes directly between our +Fragile Oasis and the face of our shared Sun?

Hopefully by then, we will be mining Venus for minerals.
 
awesome pic............... fantastic.............
 
Come clean about what's really going on and we can make even more progress by then! (some of your fellow astronauts already have)
 
Hopefully, by 2117, we'll have a colony on Venus, and the Venus Transit will constitute something like a communications difficulty, rather than a massive event :D
 
just 7 minutes away they say I'll be able to see the event soon but guess what it's clouded over.
 
Great thought, what will humanity have achieved by then, maybe we'll be observing Earth from a vensian orbit.
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