Earthrise: Anniversary of an Iconic Image
December 24, 2015
47th anniversary of Apollo 8 astronauts snapping an iconic picture in human history – earthrise over the dead surface of the moon. Video above records the astronauts being ambushed by the unexpected moment, and scrambling to grab the shot.
A few years ago, on the 45th anniversary of this photo, NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio released the video below. It’s a visualization of the events leading up to the photo’s capture. The video gives you a front row seat on the view seen by lunar astronauts in the Apollo 8 mission, as, during a roll maneuver of their craft, they peered from a window and noticed Earth ascending over the lunar horizon.
You are there, as they capture one of the iconic photos of the 20th century – Earth rising over the moon.
The picture has had a profound impact on human consciousness in the succeeding years. By all means click for a larger image.