The Earth Also Rises

the earthrise picture from 40 years ago

Sheril reminds us that it is 40 years to the day that this photograph was taken (by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission), and invites us to ponder how much has happened to and on it over the last 40, and how it might be in 2048. A good end of year meditation.

Happy Holidays to all!

[Update: A very good NPR piece on the mission and the photo is here, with audio and partial transcript.]

-cvj

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5 Responses to The Earth Also Rises

  1. spyder says:

    Forty years and now NASA says it is going to outsource its operations. Wow. My fondest memory of this came a few month later, when Stewart Brand put the image on the cover of the Whole Earth Catalog. It became extraordinarily difficult to think of the planet as anything other than a singular biome, traveling across space and time. Some of us began to take much better care of it than our peers.

  2. David says:

    Lets not forget that it was Fred Hoyle who predicted in 1948 that the first photographs of our Earth from space would have a huge impact on
    human consciousness.

  3. Bee says:

    Hi Clifford,

    Just dropped in to wish you a merry Christmas!
    Best,

    B.

  4. Clifford says:

    Merry Christmas Bee!!!

  5. Jude says:

    I love that photo so much that I bought a poster of it and it’s on my wall at work. Earthrise.