Issue #1(15) 2018 Lounge

We live on a planet!

The iconic ‘Earthrise’ from Apollo 8 in 1968.
The iconic ‘Earthrise’ from Apollo 8 in 1968.
Nicole Stott astronaut, Florida, USA

We live on a planet… We live on a Planet… We Live on a Planet! In space! Together! I know this seems such a simple statement of fact but I believe it is a significant and powerful statement, and I would challenge you to remember the last time that you really thought about the fact that ‘we live on a planet’.

I can’t really remember when I first learned that we live on a planet but I’m pretty sure we probably talked about it at least once every year of school starting when I was in kindergarten. That was in 1968, the same year that the crew of Apollo 8 were the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, see Earth as a whole planet, and witness an Earthrise.

The ‘Earthrise’ image taken by astronaut Bill Anders has been declared “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken”. This one image is a reality check for anyone who sees it – the reality that “we live on a planet”.

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