This is the image that was going to change our consciousness. December 24, 1968. The Apollo 8 crew took the first image of the earth rising. It revealed an isolated planet of life, together, fragile.
“Our posturing, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of light,” Carl Sagan once said about another image from space, showing us as little more than pale blue dot. “Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”
These images and proclamation virtually scream at us as we viewed this tweet from a German astronaut aboard the International Space Station today.
— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) July 23, 2014