Mark Bailey

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From Apollo Eight, the famous view of planet Earth as seen from the Moon in December 1968. Credit NASA, via European Pressphoto Agency

Of all human spaceflight, Apollo 8 may have best demonstrated NASA’s capacity to change human perspective. In reflecting upon that mission, the first circumnavigation of the moon, the astronaut Bill Anders, one of three on board, said, “We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” Anders had taken the photograph that came to be known as “Earthrise,” the first image of the planet captured by a human from beyond Earth’s orbit. As his fellow crew member Jim Lovell would point out, “Suddenly, everybody could see the Earth as it truly is: a grand oasis in the vastness of space.”…  Seguir leyendo »