Email ABC Radio Adelaide By Daniel Keane Updated October 19, 2019 12:05:54 Photo: This photo known as Earthrise was taken by NASA astronaut Bill Anders. (NASA: Bill Anders) Related Story: ‘Flying in space at the best of times is difficult’: Astronaut speaks out on US Moon plans Related Story: Beam me up Scotty: What will the new space agency actually do? Related Story: The Nazi rockets that made their way Down Under Map: Adelaide 5000 In 1968, NASA astronaut Bill Anders took a photo which had a profound impact on the way humankind saw itself.Known as Earthrise, the photo — taken from a spacecraft in lunar orbit — showed our planet rising above the horizon of the moon.When it was published, the image had a galvanising effect on the environmental movement, fulfilling a prophecy of English cosmologist Fred Hoyle.Two decades earlier, Professor Hoyle had written that a photograph of the Earth from space would create “a new idea as powerful as any in history”.The Earthrise photo made it easier for humanity to see itself as a whole, and to glimpse what was at stake if we trashed our planetary home. Photo: The Apollo 8 mission launches the spacecraft from which… Read full this story
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