A sparkling blue and white jewel

Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon in long slow-motion movements of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize that this is the Earth -- home.

~ Edgar Mitchell
Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut
By Edgar Mitchell, Ellen Mahoney