Chandrayaan looks back at earth

ISRO released a new picture of our lovely blue rock yesterday, centred – of course – on India. You can see the Indus river flowing above the country, the sun reflecting off the waters of the Indian Ocean, night beginning to fall across Africa, and a small chunk of Australia.

It is not the best of earth pics – there is something wrong with the contrast, and it is in black and white. But heaven’s sake, this is a whole friggin’ planet you are looking at. When the Apollo missions took some of the first pics of Earth, it caused something of a paradigm shift – it started an entirely different way of looking at our surroundings. Earth is no flat, infinite extent of plateaus and mountains – it is an fragile island in space, and we must protect it.

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