Sunday, April 2, 2017

I bought a book about thirty years ago that moved me, it choked me up. I've still got it. It's a picture book with quotes from folks who had seen Earth from space. It's brilliant to look at, the photos are fabulous, and it's an easy and amazing read. It's called The Home Planet, by Kevin W. Kelley (Editor).

Prepared under the aegis of the Association of Space Explorers and in cooperation with the Soviet agency Mir, The Home Planet conveys as no book ever has the human dimension of space exploration, and the deeply personal response to our terrestrial home which space travel awakens.
Hardcover, 256 pages

Six weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, ...this spectacular collection of photographs of Earth taken from space, accompanied by lyrical narrative of space travel in the words of astronauts and cosmonauts from eighteen different countries, illuminates just how precarious and vulnerable our planet really is. Full color throughout.

Published January 21st 1988 by Da Capo Press

Since it was published a lot more folks have seen Earth from space, and even more spectacular photos and videos have been taken of our Big Blue Marble.

There is a short documentary called Overview that captures the spirit of that picture book. In interviews and videos we hear and see how observing our brilliant home planet as a ball lost in a vast cosmos has shaped perspectives. I've linked to it below. Check it out and try to be nice to our shared home.

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