That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.
Today’s Friday, but instead of a photo of a far-off and incredible galaxy, here’s a much closer photo of an incredible planet taken from a distance of about 1.5 light seconds by either Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, or Frank Borman as they became the first people ever to visit the moon, aboard Apollo 8, on Christmas Eve 1968. They’ve all taken credit for the shot, but it doesn’t much matter. It’s the best photo ever taken no matter who tripped the shutter. Today’s Earth Day, a day I’ve always found a little silly. It’s important, I agree, but doesn’t go far enough. We should be kind to, protect, and celebrate the Earth every day. Imagine no fighting, no polluting, none of it, every day. That should come above all else. For today, take it easy on this place, our home. This mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam is all we’ve got. Clear skies, everyone.
Most of the better words in this are from this speech by Dr. Carl Sagan, a personal hero of mine. If you have four minutes, please give it watch: