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Nearly 50 years ago, Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders captured the famous "Earthrise" image as their spacecraft…Read More »





orbited the moon. The iconic black-and-white photo of the Earth rising into view over the moon's limb was humanity's first view of our "pale blue dot" from another planetary body.

To determine where the Earthrise image was taken, NASA scientists matched the original photograph, taken on Dec. 24, 1968, to a high resolution model of the lunar terrain from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This enabled them to recreate the stunning Earthrise view.

In the above image, the surface of the moon is recreated from observations from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; the cloud patterns on Earth are based on the Environmental Science Services Administration 7 satellite, as it saw the planet on Dec. 24, 1968; and the land surface is based on observations from NASA's Terra satellite. [Related: 50 Interesting Facts About The Earth]   Less «
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