Apollo 8’s Iconic Earthrise

blue earth in black space above gray lunar surface
February 22, 2019
CreditNASA/Bill Anders
Historical DateDecember 24, 1968
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Taken aboard Apollo 8 by Bill Anders, this iconic picture shows Earth peeking out from beyond the lunar surface as the first crewed spacecraft circumnavigated the Moon.

Original Caption

The rising Earth is about five degrees above the lunar horizon in this telephoto view taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft near 110 degrees east longitude. The horizon, about 350 miles (570 kilometers) from the spacecraft, is near the eastern limb of the moon as viewed from Earth. Width of the view at the horizon is about 95 miles (150 kilometers). On Earth, 240,000 miles away, the sunset terminator crosses Africa. The crew took the photo around 10:40 a.m. Houston time on the morning of Dec. 24, and that would make it 15:40 GMT on the same day. The South Pole is in the white area near the left end of the terminator. North and South America are under the clouds.