Activist and author blogs about politics, energy and Earth's resources.
40 years ago: Earthrise photo released
In early 1969, a photo showing the Earth rising above the moon's horizon was released, helping spawn the environmental movement.
Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM
This is the image that started it all, an image taken of the Earth from 240,000 miles away by the crew of the Apollo 8.
It was taken during Christmas Eve, 1968, but wasn't released for a couple of weeks later, 40 years ago this week. The late adventure photographer Galen Rowell called it "the most influential environmental photograph every taken" and it moved millions around the world to consider, for the first time, just how thin and fragile the the atmosphere is. It was a major catalyst for the formation of the environmental movement.
It's because of this photograph that I have a job as an environmental blogger. I'd probably be an accountant if the green movement hadn't sprung up. Thank the FSM
that the Apollo 8 crew took the shot, I would have made a sucky accountant.
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.