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How to Use the Images


Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Photos 1 & 2
Photo 3 & Illustration 1
Photo 4


Table of

Visual Evidence

Photo 5: View of the Earth from space. [Photo 5] with link to larger version of photo.
(National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Photo 5 shows the lunar module returning to the command module. The surface of the Moon is behind the lunar module, and the earth, half in shadow, is visible in the upper center of the photo.

Questions for Photos 5

1. For some astronauts, the view of the earth from the Moon was one of the most memorable parts of their space flights. Why do you think that might have been the case?

2. What can you learn about the lunar module from studying this photo? What can you learn about the Moon?

3. Many people think that images like this, showing the Earth as a small, fragile "blue marble," helped create the modern environmental movement. Why might people make that connection? Explain your answer.

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 5, but be aware that the file will take as much as 39 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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