NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) experiences 12 "earthrises" every day, but it recently took full advantage of an opportunity to capture this image of Earth — and it's marvelous.
The photograph of the Earth rising over the moon taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968 is one of the iconic images of the US space program, and in this visualization, NASA recreates the moment the photo was taken, pairing digitally rendered views from inside and outside the spacecraft with the astronauts' audio.
Today is the 45th anniversary of Earthrise. We take it for granted now but, along with Blue Marble, it's the most important and famous photo ever taken. In a world saturated with fakery and cynicism, it's easy to ignore the magnitude of its impact. But in 1968, this photo changed everything.
One December 24, 1968, Frank Borman, Will Anders and Jim Lovell experienced one of the most amazing moments in history, the first earthrise ever witnessed by humans.
This is an absolutely stunning (and completely real) video of Earthrise on the Moon. Every once and a while we need a jolt to remind us just how small and fragile our little blue marble Earth is. The Japanese Kaguya satellite has delivered with these jaw-dropping high-definition videos of what Earthrise and Earthset…