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The image above is a cropped segment of Nasa’s iconic ‘Earthrise‘ photo. Earthrise is the name given to NASA image AS8-14-2383, taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, the first crewed voyage to the Moon.
The photo was taken from lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, 1968.
The noted wilderness photographer Galen Rowell called it “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.
‘the image shows our entire world as a small and blue and very finite globe, with our nearest celestial neighbour a desolate presence in the foreground.’
The photo ‘inspired contemplation of our fragile existence and our place in the cosmos.’ The ‘Earthrise’ photograph was not on the mission schedule and was taken in a moment of pure serendipity‘
The story of Earthrise is one of fascinating human story, linking science and beauty.
Visually the photo’s use of negative space understands the risk of an environmental threat but the beauty of the image and the link to sunrise and ‘a new dawn’ implies a stronger hope.
The term Earthrise also implies the type of hopeful change and new beginning that differentiates us from other change messages. Its global perspective is also a strong Green answer to campaigns of nationalism.