Books et al.History of Science

Looking home from the heavens

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Science  02 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6379, pp. 999
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar7911

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By some accounts, the most iconic images of Earth—the "Earthrise" photograph taken by astronaut Bill Anders on Christmas Eve 1968 and the "Blue Marble" photograph of the entire Earth taken by Harrison "Jack" Schmitt on 7 December 1972—helped to launch a nascent environmental movement and a new political consciousness within the American counterculture. While Christopher Potter's title—The Earth Gazers—and much of the book's thrust focus on the transformative effect of seeing Earth from space, the bulk of it is about the saga of flight, from early aircraft to the Apollo mission.