- Apollo 8 Earthrise Photos
- December 1968
Apollo 8's View of Earth on December 24, 1968
December 21, 1968 ... Apollo 8 launches from the Kennedy Space Center, the first humans on the way to the Moon --- and a vision looking back at home that empowered the modern environmental movement.
Apollo's mission? To explore the Moon in preparation for a Moon landing. A surprise comes into view as the spaceship circles the Moon. A window view, Whole Earth awareness of ourselves as #PlanetCitizens. "Earthrise" ... a profound image, first by human hands taken of our home planet. We see our #PlanetEarth with new born eyes ...
- Aboard Apollo, December 24, 1968...
As the spaceship swings around the Moon...
unexpectedly the Earth rises in the Apollo ship's and the astronauts are amazed at what is coming into view...
Anders: "Oh, my God, look at that picture over there," he can be heard saying. "There's the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!"
What happened next will sound familiar to anyone who remembers the days before digital cameras:
Anders (to astronaut Jim Lovell): "You got a color film, Jim? Hand me a roll of color, quick, would you?"
Lovell: "Oh, man, that's great! Where is it?"
Anders: "Hurry. Quick."
Lovell: "Down here?"
Anders: "Just grab me a color. A color exterior. Hurry up. Got one?"
Lovell: "Yeah, I'm lookin' for one. C368."
Anders: "Anything quick."
Lovell hands him the film just as Anders is heard saying, "I think we missed it."
But within seconds, Lovell sees the shot again in another window of the command module. He asks for the camera from Anders, who seems a bit defensive at having his role as mission photographer usurped.
Anders: "Wait a minute, just let me get the right setting here now, just calm down. Calm down, Lovell!"
Anders then gets the shot that has been reproduced innumerable times all over the world...
Changing forever humanity's vision of ourselves, of who we are
🌎 'Earthrise' poem by Amanda Gorman
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The Atlantic (2018, November 15) Apollo 8 Astronauts First See Earth from Space. Accessed December 21, 2018.
The National Archives (2007) Crew of Apollo 8—A View from Lunar Orbit, 1968. Accessed December 21, 2018.
NASA (2013, May 19) Jim Lovell Recalls Apollo 8 Launch Day. Accessed December 21, 2018.
NASA Earth Observatory (2013, December 24) Earthrise Revisited.
NASA Earth Observatory (2008, November 27) Earth Viewed by Apollo 8.
NASA Science (2018, February 5) Apollo 8. Accessed December 21, 2018.
Smithsonian (2018, January) Who Took the Legendary Earthrise Photo from Apollo 8? Accessed December 21, 2018.