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On the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 8 Mission ... "Earthrise"

Whole Earth vision and the beginning of the modern Environmental Movement

December 24, 2018

Via CNN / Fifty years after "Earthrise"

Via USA Today / "Earthrise" on the Fiftieth Anniversary

Via the New York Times / We Are All Riders on the Same Planet






Earthrise: Apollo 8's point of 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 ...

The Earthrise photo history
100 Photographs That Changed the World
NASA simulation video of Earthrise on the 45th anniversary



Aboard Apollo, December 24, 1968, as the spaceship swings around the Moon and unexpectedly the Earth rises and the astronauts are amazed at what is coming into view ...

Astronaut Bill Anders is the first to see the Earth:

"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, the way Anders saw it.jpg


Earthrise 100 Photographs That Changed the World .jpg

Earthrise book cover (2008).jpg

Earthrise images - vertical orig - and horizontal.png

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