In Honor of Earth Day

JeanwahJeanwah Posts: 6,363
edited April 2007 in A Moving Train
Earth's majesty from on high
Astronauts offer different perspective on value, beauty of our planet

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press
First published: Sunday, April 22, 2007

The rarest view in humanity -- Earth from afar -- moves many of the lucky few observers to tears and gives them a new appreciation of that blue marble we call home.

When astronauts return from space, what they talk about isn't the brute force of the rocket launch or the exhilaration of zero gravity. It's the view.

Only two dozen men -- those who journeyed to the moon -- have seen the full Earth view. Most U.S. spaceflight has been in low orbit where only a piece of the planet can be seen -- a lesser but still impressive glimpse. Those travelers have seen the curvature of Earth, its magnificent beauty, its fragility, and its lack of borders.

The first full view of Earth came from the moon-bound Apollo 8 during the waning days of a chaotic 1968. Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders put it all in perspective in a documentary: "We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth."

Some of the photos Anders took were used on posters and pins on the first Earth Day in 1970. They've been "an environmental staple of Earth Days ever since," said Denis Hayes, the first Earth Day coordinator.

For Earth Day this year -- at a time when perhaps some perspective is needed -- The Associated Press asked space travelers to recall what it's like to see Earth from above:

"It was the only color we could see in the universe. ... "We're living on a tiny little dust mote in left field on a rather insignificant galaxy. And basically this it for humans. It strikes me that it's a shame that we're squabbling over oil and borders."

-- Bill Anders, Apollo 8, whose photos of Earth became famous.

"It's hard to appreciate the Earth when you're down right upon it because it's so huge.

"It gives you in an instant, just at a position 240,000 miles away from it, (an idea of) how insignificant we are, how fragile we are, and how fortunate we are to have a body that will allow us to enjoy the sky and the trees and the water ... It's something that many people take for granted when they're born and they grow up within the environment. But they don't realize what they have. And I didn't till I left it."

-- Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 and 13.

"The sheer beauty of it just brought tears to my eyes.

"If people can see Earth from up here, see it without those borders, see it without any differences in race or religion, they would have a completely different perspective. Because when you see it from that angle, you cannot think of your home or your country. All you can see is one Earth...."

-- Anousheh Ansari, Iranian-American space tourist who flew last year to the international space station.

"I think you can't go to space and not be changed, in many ways ....

"All of the teachings of the Bible that talk about the creator and his creation take on new meaning when you can view the details of the Earth from that perspective. So it didn't change my faith per se, the content of it, but it just enhanced it, it made it even more real."

-- Jeff Williams, spent 6 months on the space station and set a record for most Earth photos taken.

"...From up there, it looks finite and it looks fragile and it really looks like just a tiny little place on which we live in a vast expanse of space. It gave me the feeling of really wanting us all to take care of the Earth. I got more of a sense of Earth as home, a place where we live. And of course you want to take care of your home. You want it clean. You want it safe."

-- Winston Scott, two-time shuttle astronaut who wrote "Reflections From Earth Orbit."

"You change because you see your life differently than when you live on the surface everyday. ... We are so involved in our own little lives and our own little concerns and problems. I don't think the average person realizes the global environment that we really live in. I certainly am more aware of how fragile our Earth is, and, frankly, I think that I care more about our Earth because of the experiences I've had traveling in space."

-- Eileen Collins, first female space shuttle commander.

"I left Earth three times. I found no place else to go. Please take care of Spaceship Earth."

-- Wally Schirra, who flew around Earth on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions in the 1960s.

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=582969

Reading this just made me appreciate everything so much more. There shouldn't be boundaries, We are All One. :)
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  • seagoat2seagoat2 Posts: 241
    Thanks Jean - I love your signature, by the way.....
  • great post. thanks.
  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 26,284
    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.

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  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 26,284

    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.

    Sep 30, 2006 - OAKA Sports Hall - Athens, Greece
    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
    Jul 08, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
    Jul 09, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 37,927
    Don't forget friends, tomorrow is Earth Day!  (and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow!)
    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 25,700
    Please consolidate all these Earth day threads ..
    jesus greets me looks just like me ....
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 37,927
    Good idea, Jose!
    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 10,739
    How many earth day threads are needed ... 1 thread might do the job ... 
    Give Peas A Chance…
  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 26,284
    edited April 2018
    Post edited by Pap on
    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.

    Sep 30, 2006 - OAKA Sports Hall - Athens, Greece
    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
    Jul 08, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
    Jul 09, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 26,284

    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.

    Sep 30, 2006 - OAKA Sports Hall - Athens, Greece
    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
    Jul 08, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
    Jul 09, 2022 - Hyde Park - London, UK
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