I cut out buildings from photos on Flickr and placed them along the horizon of the sphere. The sphere had its own layer, while the buildings were given two.
I added the Moon as a foreground layer, then ovalized it using the scale tool. I added a picture of the Universe as background, and adjusted the contrast in order to make it seem darker, while still retaining the contrast coming from the light emitted from the stars.
The man and the dog were added to emphasize the comfortable lonesomeness one would feel standing on such a satellite, glancing at a busy world. I used the clone tool to adjust the placement of these two features.
due to our collective association of the word Mir to space.