Saturday, 25 December 2010

All of you on the Good Earth

 I'm not interested in the religous sentiment. It's the whole poeticalness of being 240000 miles away from home and looking back on it. Jim Lovell once said "We went to the moon and discovered the Earth." It is so true, I wish more people could understand that. It's hard to imagine there was once a time when nobody had ever seen the full Earth, the blue marble they call it, the whole globe in one big glorious sphere. In 1968 these three men became the first to do so. The first to gaze upon an entire full planet, the first the leave it, the first to arrive at another less welcoming place, the first to fly over and see how empty faceless the far side of the moon is. That is why, for me, Apollo 8 is so much more important than Apollo 11, the landing.

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