When the crew of Apollo 8 returned this image on Christmas Eve of 1968 they took turns reading the first ten verses from the book of Genesis, which is about life and creation. Carl Sagan, among others, suggested that we, a collective humanity, might be the Universe’s attempt to understand itself. Certainly art, science, and spirituality are some of the tools by which we seek to learn who we are. Apollo 8 is interesting in that it took this unique moment to combine all three and show us a farther horizon.

Happy Earth Day!

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