Sunday, February 19, 2012

Snapshot of the Day: Perspective from the Year I Was Born

Its official name is "NASA image AS8-14-2383"
but most people call it "Earthrise"

This shot was taken by the astronauts of Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968.

I was 4 months old.

Since then, we have abandoned our ambitions to send manned spacecraft across the solar system. Instead, we spend billions on weaponry, and we bicker over trivial differences, like tribalism and party politics (like there's a difference).

So, instead of extending our reach, we have, after a few brief visits to the moon, reverted to the petty squabbles which have been the hallmark of human history.

I hate for believing, as a kid, that I would one day be vacationing on the moon. I should have known.

Yet the message of this picture is clear: our home is but one small speck in a large, wonderful but indifferent universe.

It's only a matter of time before something happens to our home.

Wouldn't it be nice if we had options when it does?

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