Forty-fifth anniversary of 'Earthrise' image

December 27, 2013
Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago, in December of 1968, the Apollo 8 crew flew from the Earth to the Moon and back again.

Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were launched atop a Saturn V rocket on Dec. 21, circled the Moon ten times in their command module, and returned to Earth on Dec. 27.

The Apollo 8 mission's impressive list of firsts includes: the first humans to journey to the Earth's Moon, the first to fly using the Saturn V rocket, and the first to photograph the Earth from deep space.

As the Apollo 8 command module rounded the far side of the Moon on Dec. 24, the crew could look toward the and see the Earth appear to rise, due to their spacecraft's .

Their famous picture of a distant blue Earth above the Moon's limb was a marvelous gift to the world.

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not rated yet Dec 27, 2013
Oh please, NASA. Please do something new other than rehash past glories to death and the next incarnation, and the next, and the next...! I am getting sick of it, while the Chinese are going to establish a base on the Moon. Ig you think they won't, you have no understanding of the Chinese's mind at all! Ask anyone from countries surrounding China of what has been their doing for the last 4000 years. The answer will be: land and more land-in their name, and or control-even if they are not going to use it for the next thousand years! That's what they ALWAYS do whenever they are on the ascendant.

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