45 years ago, meaning in 1968, on Christmas Eve, three American astronauts orbited the Moon for the very first time in the history via Apollo 8 and snapped enormous photos of Earth, Moon and the famous ‘Earthrise‘ – a dramatic color photo of the Earth rising over the lunar surface, with the blackness of outer space as a backdrop – from being inside the lunar lander. Lately, on the occasion of 45th anniversary of that mission, on Dec 20, space agency NASA released more than 17,000 photos captured from that and following Apollo missions.
The three American astronauts who were the first to orbit the Moon in 1968 were Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders. In 1968, from being inside the Apollo 8 lunar lander, William Anders took a photograph of the Earth. This photo has been named Earthrise. Nature photographer Galen Rowell declared the photo as “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.” After 1968, many Apollo missions took place.
This Christmas Day was the 45th anniversary of Earthrise. On the occasion of celebrating the anniversary, this Dec 20, NASA released more than 17000 photos of Moon from these Apollo missions. Lets have a look at some of the images in the gallery.
Here’s the video that NASA released on the occasion of 45th anniversary of Earthrise.
Thanks To: Daily Mail