Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968 and took nearly three days (68 hours) to travel the distance to the moon. The three astronauts aboard were Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr., and Bill Anders. The latter was the mission photographer.
Bill Anders captured an image of the earth on December 24, Christmas Eve that changed how we see the earth forever. The image has been entitled “Earthrise” because it showed the earth rising over the moon’s horizon.
The photo showed a living blue planet rising over a dead lunar horizon. The earth, however, reduced to an ornament-sized sphere. It looked fragile and isolated just hanging half in shadow and suspended in the middle of black nothingness. Read More > at HUB for Urban Initiatives