An eye on the Earth

NASA astronauts have been photographing the Earth from space for many decades. It must be one of the great privileges of humanity to be able to observe the Earth from above in that way.

In my 'Why Study Geography?' book I referred to the power of the photograph taken by Bill Anders, which was named 'Earthrise' to make people understand the relative size of the Earth, and why we needed to value it more, although it didn't necessarily work for many people.

This piece is interesting on the importance of these images.

There is a link through to a useful short video on the importance of Picturing Earth.