24th December 1968 – by the crew of Apollo 8. Is not it nice? It's not really an Earthrise, of course. As you can see from any point on the near side of the moon, the earth does not rise or fall, but simply hangs in one spot in the moon sky. The astronauts saw the earth rise because they were moving in a spaceship over the lunar surface.
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968. On this date, three astronauts were the first humans to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. They all said later that the most important thing they discovered was the earth. December 24, 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 8 Earthrise photograph taken by these astronauts.
Five years ago, on the 45th anniversary of this photo, NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio published the following video. It is a visualization of the events that lead to the photo being taken.
In this video you hear the voices of the Apollo 8 astronauts: Commander Frank Borman and crew members William A. Anders and James A. Lovell. The video shows the view that these Apollo 8 astronauts saw as they peered out of a window during a rolling maneuver of their vehicle and saw the earth rise above the moon's horizon.
You can hear how they look and load color film into the camera.
Apollo 8 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, photographed by a USAF KC-135A aircraft at a distance of 40,000 feet. Picture via @elakdawalla on Twitter. Conclusion: 50 years ago, on December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts captured one of the most famous photos of the 20th century – Earthrise from the Moon.
Click here for more details on NASA visualization.