Earth: Our Oasis in Space

SUNDAY, April 17, 2016

Earth: Our Oasis in Space

Rev. Caitlin Cotter

There’s a moment I want to take us back to this morning — two years before the first Earth Day and Joni Mitchell wrote “Woodstock,” one year before the oil spill happened off our shore and coated our pelicans in goo.

It was Christmas Eve, and the astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission were in orbit around the moon when they noticed that as their space module was spinning they could see the Earth seeming to rise up over the surface of the moon.

They grabbed a roll of color film and took a picture that people like nature photographer Galen Rowell have labeled “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.” That photograph has come to be called “Earthrise,” and it changed how we look at our planet.

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