An old picture, but still inspirational
November 27, 2013
It's a picture older than I am - nearly as old as space travel itself - but the Earthrise picture of Apollo 8 is hard to beat for sheer impact. It was arguably the first time that the whole world was able to see itself from that perspective: not the impersonal blue dot of the later Voyager mission, nor the still-regional images from low orbit; recognisably a world, yet visibly alone in the stark black of space, partnered only by the dominant but barren Lunar landscape.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.