earthrise space

In celebration of Earth Day, I’m sharing one of the most important images ever taken: 

Earthrise

Taken by Apollo 8 crew member Bill Anders, this is the first time anyone ever saw the Earth, rising from over the horizon of the Moon. It’s a sobering reminder that when the Apollo 8 astronauts launched into the heavens… they were really leaving it behind…

(Image credit: NASA/Bill Anders)

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.

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Earthrise : What’s that rising over the edge of the Moon? Earth. About 47 years ago, in December of 1968, the Apollo 8 crew flew from the Earth to the Moon and back again. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were launched atop a Saturn V rocket on December 21, circled the Moon ten times in their command module, and returned to Earth on December 27. The Apollo 8 mission’s impressive list of firsts includes: the first humans to journey to the Earth’s Moon, the first to fly using the Saturn V rocket, and the first to photograph the Earth from deep space. As the Apollo 8 command module rounded the farside of the Moon, the crew could look toward the lunar horizon and see the Earth appear to rise, due to their spacecraft’s orbital motion. Their famous picture of a distant blue Earth above the Moon’s limb was a marvelous gift to the world. via NASA

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Remember last week when we posted about Michio Kaku coming to Winter Park? We went and met with him. He signed his book to Earthrise Space and one of our team members, Daniel Johnson, got a picture with him. His presentation was amazing! He talked about his book, Physics of the Future and the technologies that will be available in the near future.