The Crescent Earth

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Behold: a stunning image of our own shaded planet taken 49 years ago. To wit:

From the unfamiliar perspective, the Earth is small and, like a telescopic image of a distant planet, the entire horizon is completely within the field of view. Enjoyed by crews on board the International Space Station, only much closer views of the planet are possible from low Earth orbit. Orbiting the planet once every 90 minutes, a spectacle of clouds, oceans, and continents scrolls beneath them with the partial arc of the planet’s edge in the distance. But this digitally restored image presents a view so far only achieved by 24 humans, Apollo astronauts who traveled to the Moon and back again between 1968 and 1972. The original photograph, AS17-152-23420, was taken by the homeward bound crew of Apollo 17, on December 17, 1972. For now it’s the last picture of Earth from this planetary perspective taken by human hands.

(Image: Apollo 17, NASA; Restoration – Toby Ord)


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2 thoughts on “The Crescent Earth

  1. Clampers Outside

    This is a pretty cool idea called ‘The Planets Aligned’

    Pick your design style, then put in a date and it will show you the planets alignment for that date… your own birthday, wedding, your child’s birth, whatever…
    You can order a print too.
    [ or not… a screen garb could work too, if you’re broke like me :) ].

    Anyway, I thought it a cool idea :)


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