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"Earthrise over Moon: Apollo 8's Historic Journey" On December 24, 1968

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Earthrise over Moon, Apollo 8

Earthrise over Moon, Apollo 8
Earthrise from the Moon. This photograph was taken during the Apollo 8 mission of 21-27 December 1968. The lunar horizon is about 570 kilometers from the spacecraft, whilst the Earth is 384

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Earthrise - Apollo 8

Earthrise - Apollo 8
This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the lunar orbit insertion burn

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Earthrise over Moon, Apollo 8

Earthrise over Moon, Apollo 8. This famous image, one of the first of the Earth seen from another world, was taken by US astronauts on board the Apollo 8 spacecraft on 24th December 1968 as they

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Earth from the Moon

Earth from the Moon
Earth rising above the Moon. This image was taken from 112 kilometres above the Moon during the Apollo 8 mission on 24th December 1968

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Earth from Apollo 8

Earth from Apollo 8
This is how the Earth looked as photographed from a point near the Moon by the Apollo 8 astronauts. The Earth fills less than one percent of the frame exposed through 80mm lens

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. Creator: William A Anders

Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. Creator: William A Anders
Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the fourth nearside orbit

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Launch of the Apollo 8 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photograph, 1968

Launch of the Apollo 8 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photograph, 1968
APOLLO 8: LAUNCH, 1968. Launch of the Apollo 8 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photograph, 1968

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Apollo Astronaut Frank Bowman and wife Susan meet HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip

Apollo Astronaut Frank Bowman and wife Susan meet HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace, London, 4th February 1969

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Apollo 7 and 8 Crew in the White House, 1968. Creator: NASA

Apollo 7 and 8 Crew in the White House, 1968. Creator: NASA
Apollo 7 and 8 Crew in the White House, 1968. Apollo 7 and 8 flight crews sign a commemorative document to be hung in the Treaty Room of the White House honoring the occasion

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: View of the lunar surface

View of the lunar surface taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft looking southward from high altitude across the Southern Sea

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: View of the large crater Tsiolkovsky on the lunar surface

View of the large crater Tsiolkovsky on the lunar surface
This is a view of the large crater Tsiolkovsky as photographed by the astronauts during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission, looking East toward the lunar horizon

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Earth rising above the lunar horizon

Earth rising above the lunar horizon
December 24, 1968 - The rising Earth is about five degrees above the lunar horizon in this telephoto view taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft near 110 degrees east longitude

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Oblique view of the lunar surface

Oblique view of the lunar surface
December 1968 - This oblique view of the lunar surface was taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft looking southward toward Goclenius and other large craters in the Sea of Fertility

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: The Apollo 8 space vehicle on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center

The Apollo 8 space vehicle on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center
December 17, 1968 - Ground-level view of the Apollo 8 (Spacecraft 103/Saturn 503) space vehicle at Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Far side of the moon

Far side of the moon. Simulation based on the first images taken of the far side of the moon by the Soviet Luna 3 space probe

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Crater Tsiolkovsky

Crater Tsiolkovsky
This is a view of the large crater Tsiolkovsky as photographed by the astronauts during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission, looking East toward the lunar horizon

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: The Lunar Farside

The Lunar Farside
View of the lunar surface taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft looking southward from high altitude across the Southern Sea

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Earth from Apollo 8

Earth from Apollo 8

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: High-angle view of the Apollo 8 spacecraft on the launch pad

High-angle view of the Apollo 8 spacecraft on the launch pad
December 17, 1968 - High-angle view of the Apollo 8 (Spacecraft 103/Saturn 503) space vehicle at Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: The Apollo 8 capsule being hoisted aboard the recovery carrier

The Apollo 8 capsule being hoisted aboard the recovery carrier
December 27, 1968 - The Apollo 8 capsule is seen being hoisted aboard the recovery carrier, USS Yorktown after its successful splashdown

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: Lunar far side crater Tsiolkovsky

Lunar far side crater Tsiolkovsky
Crater Tsiolkovsky on the far side of the Moon, photographed from the Apollo 8 spacecraft in 1968. The Moons orbit of Earth is locked so that only one hemisphere faces Earth at all times

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: The crew of Apollo 8 in front of a simulator, 1968. Artist: NASA

The crew of Apollo 8 in front of a simulator, 1968. Artist: NASA
The crew of Apollo 8 in front of a simulator, 1968. From left to right: James A. Lovell, Jr (Command Module pilot); William A. Anders (Lunar Module pilot) and Frank F. Borman, II (mission commander)

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: The earth from space, 1968

The earth from space, 1968. This picture was probably taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts during the first lunar orbital mission over Christmas 1968

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: View of Earth taken from the Aollo 8 spacecraft

View of Earth taken from the Aollo 8 spacecraft
December 1968 - A striking view from the Apollo 8 spacecraft showing nearly the entire Western Hemisphere, from the mouth of the St

Background imageApollo 8 Collection: View of the Mission Operations Control Room at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas

View of the Mission Operations Control Room at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas
APOLLO 8: MISSION CONTROL. View of the Mission Operations Control Room at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, on the third day of the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission


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"Earthrise over Moon: Apollo 8's Historic Journey" On December 24, 1968, the world witnessed a breathtaking sight as the Apollo 8 spacecraft captured an iconic image of Earth rising above the Moon's horizon. This mesmerizing photograph, taken by astronaut William A Anders, forever changed our perspective on our home planet. The launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida marked a significant milestone in space exploration. As the crew embarked on their mission to orbit the Moon, they became the first humans to venture beyond Earth's gravitational pull. During their lunar journey, astronauts Frank Bowman and his wife Susan had a memorable encounter with HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Their meeting symbolized how this historic feat united people across nations and transcended borders. Back on Earth, President Nixon welcomed the courageous crew of Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 to the White House in recognition of their remarkable achievements. The gathering showcased NASA's dedication to pushing boundaries and reaching for new frontiers. In preparation for their mission, the crew diligently trained inside a simulator that replicated conditions they would face in space. This behind-the-scenes glimpse into their rigorous preparations highlights both their commitment and bravery. As we reflect on this pivotal moment in history, it is impossible not to be captivated by images like "Earthrise - Apollo " Seeing our beautiful blue planet suspended against the vastness of space evokes awe-inspiring wonder about our place in the universe. Apollo 8 allowed us to witness Earth from an entirely different vantage point – from space itself. This unique perspective served as a reminder of its fragility and interconnectedness—an urgent call for humanity to protect and cherish our shared home. Through "Earthrise over Moon, " Apollo 8 gifted us with an extraordinary vision that transcends time. It serves as a constant reminder that even amidst darkness or uncertainty—like those faced during this groundbreaking mission—humanity has the power to overcome challenges and reach for the stars.