Earthrise 1896/1968/2013

I've been perusing the British Library's release of 1 million images into the public domain. Amongst them I found an artist's impression of the view of Earth from the Moon published in "The Half Hour Library of Travel, Nature and Science for youngreaders" (1896). What struck me was the similarity with Apollo 8's famous "Earthrise" images taken in December 1968.

Earthrise 1896/1968
Comparison of an artists impression from 1896 with Earthrise from Apollo 8 in 1968 CREDIT: British Library/NASA

Apollo 8's Earthrise images weren't planned and only happened because the spacecraft rolled around at the right time. In December 2013, on the 45th anniversary, NASA Goddard released this wonderful video re-creating how the Earthrise images happened using original images/audio as well as new data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It really makes you feel like you were there.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 06th Jan 2014 (13:04 GMT) | Permalink
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