7 Dec 2008
Earth Viewed by Apollo 8
Stunning image from Apollo 8 which can be found in the NASA Earth Observatory: a vibrant, delicate, blue and white globe framed by the vast blackness of space. How fragile the earth looks from this distance. The Earth Observatory says:
From space, we have learned that Earth is a complex system, its atmosphere, ocean, land, life, and energy melding together into a single organism. We have learned important lessons about our climate, and how it is changing. We observed the global sea level rise and Arctic sea ice melt in response to warming oceans. We have come to understand how pollution is transported around the globe. We watched the ozone hole develop over Antarctica and took steps to remedy it.