This is one of, if not the, most iconic image from my lifetime. I grew up with NASA and the space program. I can still remember my mother making me get out of bed the night Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. (I must have been in bed way early.) I asked her why I had to get up and she said, “Some day you’re going to want to tell your kids about this.” My oldest daughter was born 16 years later on the same date…
I watched a documentary called, “For All Mankind” a couple of years ago and was struck by the scene where the Apollo astronauts trained their cameras on the earth and sent back the first image from space that showed the entire Earth. The documentary cut to a shot of the men (and it was all men at the time because, well, you know…) in Mission Control and they were simply rapt. It struck me that they were seeing an image no one on Earth had ever seen before. This was the first time anyone on Earth had ever seen an image of the whole Earth, what became known as “The Big Blue Marble”.
It’s one thing knowing the Earth is this planet thing and the only home we have. It was another actually seeing it. Images are powerful things, impacting us on a level below and beyond words. The images of the Earth from Space that I grew up with in the ’60s and ’70s were emotionally impactful and I think we’ve collectively been trying to come to grips with them ever since.
I actually like this painting much better in person than I do digitally but my skill level is not equal to making it better.
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