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These three words were used when man first took a step on a world other than the Earth (to our knowledge!). I have been thinking a lot about our place in the Universe and where we fit in. I have always dreamt of the stars and the Universe and the astronomical size of the whole and the infinitesimally small part we play in this.

The 'super moon' of a few weeks back made me think which of the Earth and the Moon was actually the distant world. We have assumed that anything outside of our world is alien. The same could be said for us by inhabitants of another world. How would they view us and how would they rationalise our belief that we are the most important form of life in the cosmos? I have thought about these things my whole life.

I believe that when you consider that there are more stars in the visible Universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches and deserts in the world you can really put our place in the grand scheme into perspective. When you add that after the Sun (93 million miles away) the next nearest star (Proxima Centauri) is 24 billion miles away. That is just 2. There are a lot more grains of sand to count.

This simple black and white photograph of a beautiful little footprint on a nearby beach is, to me, as wondrous as man's first footstep on the Moon. It is my son's footprint.

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