NASA Releases First Photo of Blue Marble in More Than 40 Years

It’s been 43 years since a NASA camera snapped a photo of the sunlit side of Earth. But it was worth the wait.

Using the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), the images from the camera are created through the combination of three images to ensure photographic quality. The photo was taken from one million miles away.

President Obama sent out the picture from his Twitter account with this tweet:

But there’s something remarkable about a single snapshot of the Earth?—?an intact view of our planet in its entirety, hanging in space.

Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan explained:

“…you’re looking at the most beautiful star in the heavens?—?the most beautiful because it’s the one we understand and we know, it’s home, it’s people, family, love, life?—?and besides that it is beautiful. You can see from pole to pole and across oceans and continents and you can watch it turn and there’s no strings holding it up, and it’s moving in a blackness that is almost beyond conception.

For believers contemplating this new stunning new image, it should stir our hearts. As I stared at the picture, it brought to mind these verses from the Psalms:

Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps, He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses. Psalm 135:6-7

The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Psalm 50:1

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! Psalm 33:8

When we look at pictures of the earth, we should be in awe. These pictures give us a glimpse of the world that was made in and through Jesus. As we contemplate the Lord’s works, may we fall and worship with wonder, reverence and thanksgiving of Him. You can see comparison photos of the ‘blue marble’ photos here.

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Carrie Kintz
Carrie Kintz is a freelance writer and communication strategist. She works with ministries and individuals across the country, helping them figure out what to say and how to say it in the digital space. Carrie has also spoken at conferences such as the Best of Social Media Summit and That Church Conference. When she's not writing (or tweeting), she enjoys hiking, time with friends and a good cup of coffee