Recreation of the historic earthrise seen by the Apollo crew from the moon
This has been circulating for several days on the Web, but in case you missed it, take a few minutes to re-live the first photo ever taken of the Earth at the moon. It was photographed by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders as he and crewmates Jim Lovell and Frank Borman became the first humans to orbit the moon on Christmas Eve 1968.
As you watch the video, you’ll learn how with the help of today’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Anders’ photos and color photos taken by an automatic camera on the spacecraft, Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio recreated the event in real time. It’s so darn good, it almost feels like you’re sitting there with the crew.
I’ll leave you with the words of Bill Anders when he first noticed the Earth from his window:
“Oh my God, look at that picture over there! There’s the Earth comin’ up. Wow, is that pretty!”