“The Other Side of the Sky,” Arthur C. Clarke, 1957 – An astronaut orbits Earth and thinks of his dying father, satellites, civilization, and the vulnerability of Earth, which he covers with his hand.
Comments: Available in The Other Side of the Sky. Compare with similar stories of astronauts reflecting on a dying earth.
Author: Wikipedia: “Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS, Sri Lankabhimanya, (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Clarke were known as the ‘Big Three’ of science fiction.”