The first color photo of Earth taken from orbit around the Moon

The first color photo of Earth taken from orbit around the Moon. (NASA)

“I think the one overwhelming emotion that we had when we saw the earth rising in the distance over the lunar landscape… it makes us realize that we all do exist on one small globe. For from 230,000 miles away it really is a small planet.”

— Frank Borman, Apollo 8 Commander

On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman and crew members William A. Anders and James A. Lovell, Jr. became the first humans to photograph the Earth rising over the moon.

Now, the rest of us can see what it was like in a new NASA visualization that draws on richly detailed maps of the moon’s surface made from data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter!
The narration in this visualization comes from the original audio recording of the Apollo 8 astronauts. The flight time has been compressed for effect.
For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo8-retrace.html

The first color photo of Earth taken from orbit around the Moon

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