In Honor of Nelson Mandela

By Tom Yulsman | December 5, 2013 8:17 pm
South Africa Space Station Nelson Mandela

South Africa as seen from the International Space Station on May 9, 2013. (Image: NASA)

In one way or another, by now you’ve probably heard today’s news:

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95

That’s how the New York Times elegantly summed it up in its headline on Mandela’s obituary.

In coming days I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot about the man who did indeed go from prisoner to his nation’s first black president, on the way engineering a peaceful transition from apartheid to free elections — and “becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance,” as Bill Keller put it in his obituary.

I thought I would contribute in a very small way to honoring the memory of Mandela by sharing a photo Tweeted by NASA today — the image of South Africa at the top of the post. It was taken in May by Commander Chris Hadfield when he was still aboard the International Space Station.

May Mr. Mandela rest in peace.

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ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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