Christmas Eve, 1968

Forty years ago this day astronaut Bill Anders took this photo from Apollo 8 and moved poet Archibald MacLeish to write,”To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold — brothers who know now they are truly brothers.”

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The birds too.

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