NASA’s 1968 Earthrise Image


This image is titled“Earthrise”. This was taken by NASA astronaut William Anders during an orbit of the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 8 mission.  Apollo 8 was the first manned mission to the moon, entering the Moon’s orbit on Christmas Eve 1968. That evening, the astronauts on board held a live broadcast, showing pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft. Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell said, “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.” The astronauts ended the broadcast with the crew taking turns reading from the book of Genesis. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA wrote of this 1968 image: “This iconic image speaks volumes. To many it underscores the vastness of space, the loneliness of the cosmos and how fragile our home planet really is.”