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“NASA re-creates iconic Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ 45 years later”


‘Earthrise,’ as photographed by the Apollo 8 crew, laid over the recreation using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data.”
Photo credit: NASA

“It is one of the most famous photos ever taken the Earth rising over the moon’s horizon as seen firsthand by the 1968 Apollo 8 crew. And yet, more than four decades later, details about the how photo was captured are still being uncovered.

Four days shy of the photo’s 45th anniversary, NASA on Friday released a new simulation of the events that led to the creation of the image known as “Earthrise.” The new video was created using topographic data from the space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has been circling the moon since 2009.

“This new simulation allows anyone to virtually ride with the astronauts and experience the awe they felt at the vista in front of them,” NASA said in a release teasing the video.

“It was Christmas Eve 1968, and the first lunar voyagers in all of history Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were emerging from behind the moon for the fourth time. It was then that Anders first spotted it, the Earth, peeking over the horizon,” quoting Robert Z. Pearlman, Space.com on NBC News.
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Editor’s Note:
This writer remembers that Christmas Eve earth-rise scene and of Col. Borman reading Genesis to the world upon coming around from the backside of the moon.

Blogger Klein was an employee of of Eastern Airlines from 1976-1985 during time Borman was CEO and President and worked with him on aircraft scheduling in 1984-1985.

Posted by Steve on December 24, 2013 at 5:33 am | Permalink

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