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An old picture, but still inspirational

Alex Scott

November 27, 2013

An old picture, but still inspirational

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.

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