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Reality Badge: Earth

This beautiful badge features one of the most famous photographs ever taken, Earth captured in full sunlight by the crew (Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison "Jack" Schmitt) of the Apollo 17 mission on its way to the moon. This image became an icon of the environmental movement in the 1970s (with the motto "It's the only one we've got"). The image was also used in an Earth Day stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1999.

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The original caption to the photograph [source]:

View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the Moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica South polar ice cap. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the South polar ice cap. Note the heavy cloud cover in the Southern Hemisphere. Almost the entire coastline of Africa is clearly visible. The Arabian Peninsula can be seen at the Northeastern edge of Africa. The large island off the coast of Africa is the Malagasy Republic. The Asian mainland is on the horizon toward the Northeast. Credit: NASA