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The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA

The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA


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The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA

The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. This famous photograph, known as The Blue Marble, was captured by the Apollo 17 astronauts on the same day that they left Earth on a Saturn V rocket developed by NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The image became part of the official Earth Day flag. It is not known which of the three astronauts - Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Harrison Schmitt - took the photo as all three men have always claimed it as their own

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The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7,1972. Creator: NASA This iconic photograph, known as The Blue Marble, captures the breathtaking beauty of our planet seen from space. Taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts on their historic mission to explore the moon, this image has become a symbol of our interconnectedness and the fragility of Earth. On that fateful day in December 1972, as Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Harrison Schmitt embarked on their journey beyond our atmosphere aboard a Saturn V rocket developed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; they were gifted with an awe-inspiring view that forever changed their perspective. The image showcases Earth's vibrant blue oceans contrasting against swirling white clouds. It reveals the vastness of continents like Africa and America while highlighting the icy expanse of Antarctica. This photograph not only captured a momentous occasion but also became an emblem for environmental awareness when it was chosen as part of the official Earth Day flag. Although it remains uncertain which astronaut precisely snapped this remarkable shot due to conflicting claims among Cernan, Evans, and Schmitt; its impact transcends individual ownership. The Blue Marble reminds us all that we share one home—a fragile sphere suspended in infinite space. As we gaze upon this extraordinary print today—part artistry and part scientific marvel—we are reminded of humanity's capacity for exploration and discovery. Let it serve as a constant reminder to cherish and protect our precious planet.

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