A Day in Astronomy: The Blue Marble

Image (Credit): The Blue Marble from 1972. (NASA)

On this day in 1972, the Apollo 17 crew on their way to the Moon took a photograph of the Earth that became known as “The Blue Marble” (shown above). You can see Africa, the Middle East, and Antarctica. It remains one of the most popular images of the Earth.

The Orion spacecraft caught its own image of the Earth earlier in Artemis I mission (shown below). It is more of a black and white marble. We can expect to see many more images of the Earth in the years to come as the Artemis missions continue.

Image (Credit): View of the Earth from the Orion spacecraft on November 17, 2022. (NASA)