50 years ago, an astronaut (probably Buzz Aldrin) on the Moon captured the Earth. The Apollo 11 astronauts brought back a perspective on Earth that humanity had never experienced. For the first time, we saw our planet as a whole, a small blue and white globe against the black vastness of space. Today we utilize the view from space to learn how life, land, atmosphere, ocean, ice, and energy interact to create the Earth system that sustains us.

Credit: NASA

Reference: Apollo 11 Landing Site (NASA Earth Observatory)
See earthview photo gallery: LiVEARTH