So back on the 7th of December 1972 , Appollo 17 was about 28,000 miles away from the surface of the Earth, and they decided HEY! Â Let’s tweet this cool photo of the Earth that nobody but us can see!
(Of course I kid, everybody knows that MySpace was the *only* Social Media place back then)
Do you think they high-fived after seeing that? Â I have to believe I would want to high-five something, a colleague, the bulkhead, the instrument panel, anything. Â I’d be too excited.
Now a new Blue Marble was released just a few weeks ago – but it’s a composite image of six orbits of the Earth, not the one shot Instagram masterpiece that the Apollo 17 ninjas got back in 1972. Â Check it out:
Check THIS out – this is the Hasselblad camera, a model just like the one the astronauts on Apollo 17 used to snap the first Blue Marble:
I put this together for your enjoyment and study – here are the 1972 and Eastern Hemisphere Blue Marbles (2012) side-by-side. Â If you click the image, it opens up to a manageable size (1800 pixels wide) for viewing. Â Check it out!
Now just remember, these are all courtesy of NASA and NOAA, so make sure you attribute if you share! Â Plus, it’s just awesome to point someone to the NASA and NOAA websites; to be nerd is to be awesome.
That’s right, you heard it here first. Â Well, the nerd thing anyway.