Space Exploration Led to Earth Day

The US space program led to the first color photographs of the Earth taken from the Moon in 1969. No one had ever seen it from so far away and it moved people. In fact, it resulted in a new conservation movement which eventually led to Earth Day in 1970.

Conservationists and environmental activists at the time based the space program as being frivolous (“we need to solve problems here on Earth first”). However, the space program has done more to further their goals than any other single act could have.

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