It was today, 40 years ago, that three American astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission became the first of our species to see our planet while orbiting another celestial body. They were the first human beings to escape the gravitational pull of the Earth and enter the gravitational field of another piece of space real estate. The images they broadcast back to us and the now iconic photos they shot of our planet, were the first confrontation we had with our own planet as our vulnerable, lonely life raft in the vast hostile emptiness of space.
A timely moment I thought to watch and re-watch this three and a half minute moving ode to our beautiful and wonderful Earth. The stirring words are from Carl Sagan. Watch it. Share it. Have school kids at home? Watch it with them. Are you an educator? Show it to your students. We are still so far from learning and implementing the lessons it contains.