Communion Of Dreams

The world at 40.
December 24, 2008, 1:18 pm
Filed under: Apollo program, Art, Astronomy, General Musings, NASA, NPR, Science, Space

The rocket blasted off with a huge spread of flame and hurled the men into space. They became the first earthlings to watch their home planet grow smaller and smaller and smaller, until it was floating far away and tiny in the darkness.

From this morning’s NPR coverage of the Apollo 8 mission to orbit the Moon 40 years ago. Most of the world remembers it best thanks to Earthrise, the iconic image from the mission, which gave us all a new perspective of our fragile little home.

It’s a good story. As I said elsewhere in a discussion of my memories from the event, I expect there will be few other such moments in my life.

Jim Downey

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