The earth rising picture taken by astronaut William Anders,on December 24 1968,today celebrates its 50th anniversary.He photographed a fragile blue sphere set in dark space peeking over the Moon, it changed our perception of our place in space and fuelled environmental awareness around the world.
The living Earth, surrounded by the darkness of space, appears fragile and vulnerable, with finite resources.The picture taken in 1968,changed the human perception about the earth surrounded by the blue sky from upward looking exactly like a blue fragment,surrounded by darkness.
The image also spread a sense of insignificance of life,showing earth is only a planet,having enthusiasm only because life exists there.
Now,the advanced spacecraft and satellite technology allow us to take the earth rise type pictures in every 5 minutes, allowing us to observe extremes in climate changes and natural disasters as tropical cyclones ,volcanic eruption they form over the ocean, potentially affecting life and land.
The words of astronaut Jim Lovell of Apollo 8 mission is remarkable as he said, “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring, and it makes you realise just what you have back there on Earth.”
Today thus the monumental photograph, which changed the human perception remains as the evidence and warning for humanity, reminding us we are just a negligible part of the whole universe.