Earthrise

Earthrise

Fig. 5.15 . In 1968, the Apollo 8 spacecraft carried the first humans on a journey around the Earth’s Moon. When they reached the far side of the Moon the crew looked back toward the Earth along the lunar horizon, watching our planet rise as the spacecraft continued its orbit around the Moon. They helped create a new image of the Earth as a blue and turquoise ball suspended all alone in dark space, light and round and shimmering like a bubble, flecked with delicate white clouds. (Courtesy of NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University