Still Learning To See

One world

I was reminded this morning on Writer’s Almanac that 41 years ago today astronauts of the Apollo 17 mission made their iconic photographs of our planet. This is likely the most widely published photograph in history and still, as far as I’m concerned, one of the most moving. (The images below are two more recent versions.)

There is still so much to be done, especially now that we know.



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5 thoughts on “One world

  1. Ah, John–so very true. This is the “Blue Marble”, but I think my favorite is the “Earthrise” photo, taken on Christmas Eve, 1968, by William Anders.

    The picture is usually shown with a horizontal plane for the moon, but this is how Anders actually saw it:

    “Suddenly, from behind the rim of the Moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth . . . home. — Edgar Mitchell

    Both of these amazing pictures should have set us on a new course of caring for our planet. If only we can become worthy of such a home!

    • Yes, both are amazing photographs. I do think these views have set us on a different course but the trajectory and journey are both long and, no doubt, not assured.Some part of each of us IS inherently worthy, don’t you think? You are always a reminder of that fact, my friend!

  2. Ah, John–when I see a newborn baby, I certainly agree that every CHILD is “inherently worthy” of this incredible planet. 🙂 So how we treat our children is a measure of how worthy ADULTS are. If only every child could be as loved as Wren and Hawk!

  3. RLFromm on said:

    LIfe on the blue planet is pretty amazing, thanks for your post. RLFromm

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