The HDEV Experiment - "High Definition Earth Viewing" - gives everyone the ability to monitor video feeds from the ISS. The images transmitted are interesting, and show the range of planetary environments evident on Earth. The images of
cloud formation provide an interesting example of dynamic fractal geometry, an emergent process that shows how extreme complexity can arise from random systems driven by simple rulesets.
The HDEV feeds are available from a number of sources, and allow
real-time external views of Earth, from various camera locations on the ISS. These pictures provide accurate, unfiltered images of what our small home in the dark void of space actually looks like. This "high ground" view of our planet is
perhaps the primary mission of the ISS. These images allow us to change our perspective. This change in viewpoint assists in the transition of the human species from a superstitious and ignorant group of chattering savages, to an intelligent and
skeptical space-faring civilization. We must dump all our religions and foolish superstitions into the dustbin of history, and embrace a science-driven future that takes us all forward.