Earthrise – The photograph that put the Earth into perspective

Remembering Earthrise, the famous photograph which depicts the Earth rising above the Moon’s horizon. It was taken by astronaut William Anders on December 24th, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission.

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a spacecraft carrying three astronauts was orbiting the Moon.

The Apollo 8 mission had started three days earlier, on December 21st, 1968, when a Saturn V rocket launched three men beyond low Earth orbit for the first time in history. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders also became the first men to be captured by the gravity of another celestial body.

Not only that, but three human beings would also see the far side of the Moon with their own eyes for the first time ever.

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