Earth Day 2018
This year, 2018, is the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon. The spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. During the fourth orbit of the moon, Astronaut Bill Anders took the famous photograph, shown here, of the Earth rising against the blackness of space. The photo, titled Earthrise, had a powerful impact on the world and is widely credited with inspiring the first Earth Day in 1970, an event that has been celebrated annually ever since.
The beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth rising over the moon created the realization that our planet needed help, and a special day was devoted to increasing understanding of the complex environmental issues facing Earth. This year that special day is today, April 22.