Newsweek magazine

For the #EarthDay 2015, we want to share with you this image entitled “Earthrise” taken by Astronaut William Anders in 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission. It has been dubbed the “most influential environmental photograph ever taken”. Neil deGrasse Tyson summed this idea up the most efficiently when he said “We went to the Moon, and discovered the Earth”.

Sitting at a desk looking at this image of our home is quite humbling, but, imagine how it would feel to experience it for yourself. Here is a list of quotes from astronauts who have seen Earth from space for themselves:

“When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.”— Frank Borman, Apollo 8, Newsweek magazine, 23 December 1968.

“[The Moon] was a sobering sight, but it didn’t have the impact on me, at least, as the view of the Earth did."— Frank Borman, Apollo 8, Interview for the PBS TV show 1999

"It truly is an oasis—and we don’t take very good care of it. I think the elevation of that awareness is a real contribution to saving the Earth."— Dave Scott, Apollo 9 & 15, interview for the 2007 movie In the Shadow of the Moon

"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."— Neil Armstrong

"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, you son of a bitch.” ― Edgar D. Mitchell

While most of us will never experience Earth from outer space, we can listen to those who have and marvel at images like Earthrise. This image, if anything, serves as a symbol for unity. Earthrise shows us that we are delicate, exceptional creatures living on a delicate and exceptional planet, which we must protect. The photo was so influential that when it was originally published, it helped inspire the formation of the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970 and sparked an environmental movement.


On this day in music history: October 27, 1975 - Bruce Springsteen will make history when he appears on the covers of both Time and Newsweek Magazine the same week. Riding a huge wave of success brought on by the “Born To Run” album, Springsteen will find the massive amount publicity generated by his record label, and the overwhelming amount of attention he receives in the wake of it unnerving, and attempts to distance himself from it in order to maintain his artistic integrity. Before his performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London (on November 18, 1975), he will tear down posters at the venue that bare the legend “Finally London is ready for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.”