Monday, December 28, 2009

Seeing Earthrise

1968 was a traumatic year for anyone minimally aware--The ML King assassination, followed shortly by the killing of Bobby Kennedy, the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact tanks rolling into town, the student uprising in Paris, the police riot at the Democratic convention in Chicago, and more.

And then on Christmas Eve the folks of Apollo 8 sent us this:

This picture became the basis, in many ways, for the environmental movements that would follow.  Seeing our planet as this tiny speck in space was sobering indeed.  It was the highlight moment of the space race.

More of the story can be seen here;

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