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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Images of Earth that Changed Us

On December 24, 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 took this famous "earth-rise" picture from lunar orbit. Seeing our planet and all life upon it in contrast to the lonely, lifeless surface of the moon forever changed the way we viewed ourselves and our world.

In September 1996, Voyager rotated back to snap an image of Earth from 4 billion miles out. Our world and everyone on it was captured as the famous "Pale Blue Dot" as astronomer Carl Sagan called it. A tiny mote captured in a sunbeam. That was us. Again, our image changed. 
The Dark Side and the Bright SideNow, on July 16, 2015, the Deep Space Climate Observatory, one million miles from home, gives us Earth and the dark side of the moon together for the first time. It is a beautiful view we have not seen before and we are lucky to live in a time where we now get such a striking view of Earth and her constant companion.

Each view gives us a new perspective on our world, on life itself, on the fragility of this creation, and its stunning beauty.

For the video of the Moon passing in front of the Earth, see:

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