“While traveling in outer space, Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut, made a fascinating discovery about our planet. He said, “…I looked out my window and tried to find Earth. The little planet is so small out there in the vastness that at first, I couldn’t even locate it. And when I did, a tingling of awe spread over me. There it was, shining like a jewel against the black sky. I looked at it in wonderment, suddenly aware of how its uniqueness is stamped in every atom of my body. Suddenly, I was also aware of a shift in my attitude toward Earth. I remembered what it was like down there when I walked on her surface- such a splendor of diversity, such richness of color and life. And I remembered how sturdy it seemed. Beneath my feet, it seemed as solid as though it were anchored somewhere. Then, at that moment, in the Command Module, there was some distraction. I looked away for a moment and, poof, Earth was gone. I couldn’t find it again without searching closely. At that point, I made my discovery. Suddenly, I knew what a tiny, fragile thing Earth is. Such a little gem, such an incredible balance of the Universe’s rarest ingredients, one that can be ruined all the more easily just because it is so small. And I determined that in that moment that I would do all I could to let people know what a wonderful home we have- before it is too late. So I have a personal, simple message to pass on: there is only one Earth. It is a tiny, precious stone. Let us treasure it; there is not another one.”
This Creation Nugget was discovered by a student volunteer – Judah!
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