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

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


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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. The photo, byastronautWilliam Anders, is displayed here in its original orientation, though it is more commonly viewed with the lunar surface at the bottom of the photo. Earth is about five degrees left of the horizon in the photo. The unnamed surface features on the left are near the eastern limb of the Moon as viewed from Earth. The lunar horizon is approximately 780 kilometers from the spacecraft. Height of the photographed area at the lunar horizon is about 175 kilometers

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Earthrise - Apollo 8, December 24,1968 - A Glimpse of Our Fragile Home

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. This iconic print captures a breathtaking moment in human history. Taken by astronaut William A Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, it showcases the Earth rising above the lunar horizon. As the spacecraft emerged from behind the Moon after completing its fourth nearside orbit, this mesmerizing view greeted the awe-struck astronauts. Displayed here in its original orientation, with Earth on the left and the lunar surface below, this image has become an emblematic representation of our place in the universe. The blue and white hues of our planet stand out against the desolate backdrop of space and serve as a poignant reminder of our fragile existence. Approximately 780 kilometers away from their vantage point, we can see unnamed surface features near the eastern limb of the Moon. With Earth positioned about five degrees to the left of this scene, one cannot help but feel a sense of wonder at both our cosmic insignificance and profound interconnectedness. This photograph is not just a testament to human achievement but also serves as a catalyst for reflection on our responsibility towards preserving and protecting our home planet. It symbolizes humanity's boundless curiosity and relentless pursuit of knowledge that propelled us into space exploration. As we gaze upon this remarkable image captured half a century ago, let us be reminded that we are all passengers aboard Spaceship Earth – united by common origins and shared destinies within this vast solar system.

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