|Image courtesy of NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University|
Monday, May 12, 2014
Earth Rise Courtesy of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
On February 1, 2012, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took this photo of Earth rising over the moon. We haven't seen a view this epic (well, perhaps but I don't remember when) since the Apollo astronauts walked the lunar surface. Here Earth is seen rising over Rozhdestvenskiy crater, which measures 112 miles in diameter. Most of the time, the LRO had her camera pointed to the lunar surface making studies, but fortunately for us, her view was extended periodically and we are treated to "Earth rise." This takes me back to Carl Sagan remarking that all of us who have ever lived, all our history, all we are is to be found on that pale blue dot" ... well, disc in this case. That brilliant blue ball teaming with life is home. Perhaps we should treat it better and each other better as ... we have nowhere else to go.
Finally, this image reminds me of the Arthur C. Clarke short story I read as a kid titled "Earthlight." It is nice to see the reality and admire its beauty.