How many of you were enthralled by the amazing race to space in the 60s? Of all the events of that time, one of the most uplifting was the incredibly rapid process from the 1st man in space in 1957 to the first man walking on the moon in 1969.
This photo was taken in 1966 by an unmanned probe called Lunar Orbiter. It was the first time we saw our beloved planet from the moon.
It’s hard to imagine the thrill of this first look, overshadowed as it was by the this stunning piece of film. The “Earthrise” film, shot from Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve 1968 was a high point in human awareness. We saw our home rising over the horizon of an alien world. It gave me shivers at the time (I was 12).
While the 1960s were a time of social turmoil, the Apollo moon program was a rallying point that united people in the wonder of exploration and human achievement. We saw our beloved home world for the first time and realized our small position in comparison to the vastness of the surrounding universe. That this realization was shared so widely made it a unique moment in human history.
In our current times of social turmoil, when hatreds are being spread farther and faster than ever before, I find myself longing for a positive unifying event like the moon program to lift us out of our various prejudices to celebrate the wonder being alive and being human.