Christmas Eve, 1968: 45 years ago today, Apollo 8, carrying astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, is the first manned spacecraft to orbit the Moon.
While working with his companions inside the cramped capsule during their time in lunar orbit, Astronaut Anders takes one of the most awe-inspiring, enduring photographs of the Space Age. Years later, Life magazine will select it as one of its “hundred photos of the 20th century.” The picture was officially designated as NASA image AS08-14-2383, but would quickly come to be known by another name: “Earthrise.”
For those wondering, this is the image’s “proper” orientation. According to Anders, this is what he saw when he took the photograph, and it’s how he displays it in his home.
Good enough for me.
“And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck,
and a Merry Christmas to all of you…all of you on the good Earth.”
— Frank Borman, Commander, Apollo 8, December 24, 1968