Image Credit: NASA

This spectacular picture shows the view of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 astronauts. Just as the moon goes through phases from our perspective on Earth, the Earth also goes through phases from our perspective on the Moon (having a “Full Earth” and “New Earth” if you will). The Earth is seen majestically suspended over the Ritz Crater.

Apollo 17 marks the last time humanity ventured out to the Moon, the last time we’ve been beyond low-Earth orbit. Eugene Cernan (Commander), Ronald Evans (Command Module Pilot), and Harrison Schmitt (Lunar Module Pilot) were the last human beings to have this humbling first-hand view of our fragile world.


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