It’s all we have!

A bit tight on time for today’s Post so just feast your eyes on this image.


Earthrise, from the cabin of Apollo 8


This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the lunar orbit insertion burn. The photo is displayed here in its original orientation, though it is more commonly viewed with the lunar surface at the bottom of the photo. Earth is about five degrees left of the horizon in the photo. The unnamed surface features on the left are near the eastern limb of the Moon as viewed from Earth. The lunar horizon is approximately 780 kilometers from the spacecraft. Height of the photographed area at the lunar horizon is about 175 kilometers.

The Apollo 8 mission was the first time man had left the orbit of the Earth.

The photograph was taken on the 24th December 1968 by NASA astronaut William Anders.  Within 18 months of this image being published, the environmental movement had started. Wilderness photographer Galen Rowell called it “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.”


11 thoughts on “It’s all we have!

  1. There cannot be enough seeing ourselves. Every wink is good.

    I’m sure, with no proof, we find tomorrow in this picture, trite as saying so: Apollo is a benchmark. Taken us far already/. Less insane than we were always, not less desperate, but suddenly we. (!)

    My mind entirely changed and never stopped since seen Earth this essential, this lonely midst, our entire.

    No puzzle is better.


  2. I can’t believe that both of us decided to publish posts about “Earthrise” on the same day. I didn’t know Galen Rowell called it “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.” Thank you for that information.


    1. Hi Zoë, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Lovely story about how you ‘found’ your Nikon, by the way. The pic on the home page of this Blog is one of my favourites, our German Shepherd dog, Pharaoh, who accompanied me when I left England in 2008. Long story! But I just love the wisdom that shines our of Pharaoh’s eyes! Good luck with your Blog and with the photography.


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