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.
The excitement is building! LightSail is counting down to our test launch, set for May 20—and you’re invited.