Earthrise: The ‘Discovery’ of our Planet from the Moon


This coming 20th of July will be the 50th anniversary of the “small step for a man” and “giant leap for mankind” which Neil Armstrong took on the surface of the Moon. In commemoration of this historic feat, the BBVA Foundation, in collaboration with Spanish national newspaper El Mundo, presents a special multimedia publication in which four experts analyze the significance of Apollo 11 from different perspectives. In this article, Robert Poole – Reader in History at the University of Central Lancashire (UK) and author of “Earthrise: How Man first saw the Earth” – explores how the image of our planet captured from lunar orbit transformed human awareness of the fragile cosmic home which human beings share with all other forms of life. A video interview with Dr. Poole is also available by clicking on the ‘play’ button on the image at the top of this page.