"And God made the firmament and it separated between the water that was below the firmament and the water that was above the firmament, and it was so."
Auguste Piccard, the namesake of Jean Luc Picard of Star Trek fame, flew into the stratosphere 10 miles high in 1931.
He described breaking through limits above earth and looking back to see earth.
"In the first half hour the balloon shot upward nine miles.In 1960 his son Jacques became the first man to descend to the deepest point of the oceans.
Through portholes, the observers saw the earth through a copper-colored, then bluish , haze. It seemed a flat disk with upturned edge. At the ten miles level the sky appeared a dark blue."