Saturday, April 13, 2013

POTM...*: Earthrise

(*Photo of the Month)

Typically, I would feature a photograph of Gail’s or my own in my POTM blog entry. But in anticipation of Earth Day coming up on April 22, I thought it appropriate to highlight here one of the most iconic images of Earth ever photographed. (I sure hope your first impression was not, “How did Rick or Gail get THAT perspective?!?”)

Considered by many one of the most significant environmental photos ever taken, Astronaut William Anders of the Apollo 8 NASA mission snapped it while in lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968, and it was given the title Earthrise. The Apollo 8 mission was the first manned voyage to orbit the moon, several missions preparatory to Apollo 11’s first manned moon landing in July of 1969. Anders was later quoted as saying, “We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the earth.”
The earth is the Lord’s
and everything in it.

It is my constant prayer and life’s work that all will also discover the earth’s Creator, the one Who’s ‘got the whole world in His hands.’  And then some…

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him. (Psalm 24:1)

The heavens declare the gory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. (Psalm 19:1)

~~RGM, April 13, 2013

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