On the Christmas eve of 1968, Apollo 8, carrying the three astronauts was making the fourth loop around Moon. As the spacecraft skimmed over the desolate lunar landscape, there was a sight waiting at the far horizon that they were not prepared for. The sight of Earth slowly rising above the horizon like a blue marble suspended in the ever enveloping dark void of space. It had a profound impact on the people on board to imagine the billions of life forms living in that small sphere. The lifeless landscape of moon giving an ideal contrast to amplify the fact that this planet with so full of life is so precious and unique. Never before was Earth viewed from such a vantage point.
Earth Rise, the famous picture shot by Apollo 8 crew that gave the first view of our planet showing its loneliness and fragility. Picture credit: NASA
A collection of art and musical work expressing the impact of human activity to Earth