Forty-fifth anniversary of 'Earthrise' imageDecember 27, 2013 in Astronomy & Space / Space Exploration
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.
Their famous picture of a distant blue Earth above the Moon's limb was a marvelous gift to the world.
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