Earthrise: NASA Image of the Day

By Last Updated: January 3, 2023Views: 781

For this week’s NASA Image of the Day I chose this iconic photo. This is called “Earthrise” and it is without a doubt one of the most famous and recognizable images from the early space race and the subsequent moon landing. It is awe-inspiring, proving humanity’s ability to reach beyond our terrestrial boundaries and reach out into the galaxy to explore the greater mysteries of space. It is also humbling. Reminding us that we are but a small cog in an infinite and complex universe.

For me, however, it makes me think of this line from a Bugs Bunny cartoon:

This is from about the photo:

On Dec. 24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders became the first humans to orbit the Moon, and the first to witness the magnificent sight called “Earthrise.” As the spacecraft was in the process of rotating, Anders took this iconic picture showing Earth rising over the Moon’s horizon. In 2018, the International Astronomical Union commemorated the event by naming a 25 mile diameter crater “Anders’ Earthrise.”

Relive the astronauts’ experience.

Courtesy of | Image Credit: NASA


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