Here’s looking at you, Earth.

“An optimist believes we live in the best possible of worlds. A pessimist fears that this is true.” — James Branch Cabell

Earth & Moon distance and size — to scale. Apollo 8 command and service modules — not so much.
Earthrise, taken on December 24, 1968, by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders



NASA photo showing Earth’s atmosphere. Yes, it’s that thin!

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that...’”

“What they should’ve sent was poets because I don’t think we captured, in its entirety, the grandeur of what we had seen.”

“Viewed from space, Earth has a surreal vibrancy of color & texture that photographs don’t capture. It’s hard to articulate what you’re seeing & even more difficult to articulate how it makes you feel. Our home is a pretty special place.” — Karen Nyberg




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