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Share Your Story • Richie Williams • November 29, 2013

Jack Schmitt's Photograph of the Earth in December 1972

Jack Schmitt's Photograph of the Earth in December 1972

No other view of the Earth has topped the one taken by the geologist/astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt on the Apollo 17 mission to the Moon. The nighttime launch from Cape Canaveral allowed him to capture the full illuminated disk of the Earth with his Hasselblad camera, showing, in stunning clarity what the famous architect Buckminster Fuller referred to as "Spaceship Earth!" It was the iconic image for Earth Day and captured the full holistic view of the Planet Earth, launching Earth System Science. [NASA image no. 72-HC-928]

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