The full story behind Earthrise, the iconic photo that created the modern environmental movement

NASA lunar orbiter Earthrise photo
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45 years later

Earthrise, the historic photo that arguably helped catalyze the modern environmental movement, turned 45 on December 24th. Lloyd wrote a great birthday post to commemorate the event, and included a new computer-generated simulation by NASA that shows what it must've been like for astronaut Bill Anders on board the lunar orbiter.

In fact, the short video was so good that I thought it was worth posting an expanded version that gives more of the context and backstory.

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.

Check it out:

Earthrise photoNASA/Public Domain

Earthrise always reminds me of Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot:


See also: Earthrise: The photo that launched a movement. (Reprise)

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