Earthrise at Christmas

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    This photo of "Earthrise" over the lunar horizon was taken by the Apollo 8 crew in December 1968, showing Earth for the first time as it appears from deep space.

    Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders had become the first humans to leave Earth orbit, entering lunar orbit on Christmas Eve. In a historic live broadcast that night, the crew took turns reading from the Book of Genesis, closing with a holiday wish from Commander Borman: "We close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you -- all of you on the good Earth."

    Credit: NASA

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

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    1. TranceVelebit 48 months ago | reply

      Amazing photo!

    2. Hi i'm Steven 48 months ago | reply

      and people say we never went to the moon

    3. mizcaliflower 48 months ago | reply

      This is sooooooooooo amazing!

    4. Sonyker 48 months ago | reply

      i say "photoshop"

      u feel me?

    5. Stuff? 48 months ago | reply

      All time classic!

    6. Fabrice de Nola 45 months ago | reply

      This image is linked via QR code in the artwork "Still"

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