Earthrise Captured 50-Years-Ago During Apollo 8 Mission and 15 More Interesting Images
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Earthrise refers to a photograph of Earth and a part of the Moon’s surface captured from lunar orbit by astronaut Bill Anders on December 24, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. It’s “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken,” claimed nature photographer Galen Rowell. To be more specific, it was photographed with a highly modified, electric-drive equipped Hasselblad 500 EL camera that had a simple sighting ring rather than the standard reflex viewfinder and was loaded with a 70 mm film magazine containing custom Kodak Ektachrome film. In 1969, the USPS issued a stamp (Scott# 1371) commemorating the Apollo 8 flight around the Moon featuring the Earthrise photograph, and the words, “In the beginning God…”, recalling the Apollo 8 Genesis reading. Read more for additional interesting images that you probably haven’t seen before.