Earthrise: ‘How a Picture Transformed Our View of Ourselves’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  12.02.08 | 1:41 PM ET

On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 8 launch, the Guardian offers this thoughtful essay about the mission, its accomplishments and the iconic photograph (pictured) shot by its NASA crew. “Certainly, Earthrise is a striking reminder of Earth’s vulnerability,” Robin McKie writes. “We may have forgotten the men who risked their lives getting to the Moon and who explored its dead landscape—a ‘beat-up’ world as they put it—but the view they brought back of that glittering blue hemisphere continues to mesmerise.”

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

1 Comment for Earthrise: ‘How a Picture Transformed Our View of Ourselves’

Essay 12.16.08 | 12:41 PM ET

I read the whole volume of different stories about the first US lunar mission but never saw the trip in that light. Not a surprise, but the most important evidence for human beings ever was an image - not a smell or sound.
And the pic is really breathtaking… it is often a source of inspiration for me and for people who once seen the blue bulb :)
Nice article

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