About

LightBox on Tumblr is a window into the lens of LightBox, a blog by TIME’s photo department that explores how photography, video and the culture of images define today’s world.

Additional pages

Site authors

Find me on...

There were a lot of things that launched the environmental movement 40-some years ago — the pea-soup shroud of smog that used to hang over L.A., the sight of Ohio’s Cuyahoga River on fire. But nothing quite matched the power of the pictures beamed back to Earth by the Apollo astronauts on their way to the moon.

We’d been seeing our home planet from low-Earth orbit for a number of years by then. What was always missing were human eyes that got far enough away so that the planet’s entire, 360-degree face fit into frame. Once we had that perspective, we saw our world anew: a tiny, fragile bauble in an infinity of blackness, something manifestly worth taking better care of.

Here on LightBox, images of Earth from above — and the back-story on why we call it “The Blue Marble.” 

Pictured: Earth’s rise photographed by the Apollo 8 crew, 1968.

Notes

  1. unfurling reblogged this from timelightbox
  2. oviloves reblogged this from timelightbox
  3. juggernaat reblogged this from timelightbox
  4. thedigitalcocktail reblogged this from timelightbox
  5. earthandscience reblogged this from timelightbox
  6. yvetteeeeeb reblogged this from timelightbox
  7. solidao-e-livros reblogged this from timelightbox
  8. a-wild-zach-appeared reblogged this from timelightbox and added:
    Beautiful place we live on, Huh?!?!
  9. timelightbox posted this

Loading posts...