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16 Remarkable Images Of Unusual Beauty And Splendor

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Time marches on, but it’s hard to see that from day to day. We get so caught up in the living, we forget about all the life. For me, it seems like yesterday that shuttles were launching and we were scouring the Yellow Pages for places to eat dinner, and computers didn’t come with enough memory to do what you wanted. Well, some things don’t change.

I wouldn’t call those the good old days; the present is nice enough for me, thanks. Life is good. But would I appreciate the present as much if I only had my memories to rely on?

Photos are time machines that bring us back to those simpler times and provide the perspective we need to see what kind of life we’re living โ€“ and the life we can expect to lead. It’s all a beautiful quilt woven from moments and light like a spiderweb in a breeze.

Space Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad for a mission in 1996.

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Firewood stacked into a sphere โ€“ maybe not too practical, but easy to look at.

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Mushrooms grow around this tree by the thousands.

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What the main cast of the Peanuts looked like in real life, circa 1960s.

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A rare oarfish caught in the Philippines. They can grow up to 110 feet long.

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A 64 Gb flash drive next to a 2 Gb hard drive from 1996. How far we’ve come in 20 years!

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What a credit card looked like in 1958.

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A breakup as recorded by a Fitbit.

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A cluster of bioluminescent plankton rides a wave off the coast of India.

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A graphic example of why you should change your passcodes regularly.

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A 20-sided polyhedron dating from Ancient Egypt, featuring Greek characters.

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Volcanic lightning following a spectacular eruption in Chile.

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A stack of phone books towering with obsolescence.

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Unless you eat a lot of seafood this kitchen island contains little storage. But it sure looks nice.

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An incredible stretch of aurora borealis seen from the International Space Station.

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Back on Earth, an array of radio telescopes scans the sky.

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