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Our place in space

Helge Bjørkhaug

November 26, 2013

Our place in space

I'm old enough to remember the Apollo missions. The picture of earth taken from Apollo 8 when I was 13 years old, put a lot things in perspective. I realized that we live on one planet, and there is no borders to be seen from space. The Apollo program, and especially this picture, aroused my interest for space and space exploration.


Rubeking: 11/26/2013 03:42 CST

The images of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission were striking for their proximity to the moon. That trip also brought tears to my eyes when the spacecraft, whose speed had been decreasing after it left earth orbit, started to speed up and I realized that for the first time in history a few humans had traveled far enough from earth to be more controlled by the effect of a another heavenly body's gravitational force than by the earth's.

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