Back in the Day… 7 December 2011

The Blue Marble

On 7 December 1972, the final Apollo moon mission was launched. Apollo 17 took to the stars at 5:33am, flown by Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans, with Cernan and Schmitt becoming the last two men (to date) to walk upon the lunar surface. I’ve written before on how a part of me wishes I’d been around to watch a grainy black and white TV as Apollo 11 made history; nowadays I hope against hope that, as a species, we can achieve something just as epic – a manned trip to Mars?

Apollo 17 was also responsible for one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the Blue Marble photograph. When you look at the Earth from space, it gives a different perspective – all our hopes, fears and conflicts hang there quietly in space. I hope we go back there some day.


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