Earth Day 2020: Apollo-8 to Earth observing fleet

  • Released Tuesday, April 21, 2020

This visualization was created as an introductory shot to video celebrating the 50th anniersary of Earth Day. The camera approaches the moon from the far side, with Earth behind the moon. The camera moves over the limb revealing Apollo-8, when Bill Anders took the iconic "Earthrise" photo that inspired Earth Day and the environmental movement.

The camera then pushes in quickly to the Earth revealing the Earth observing spacecraft that were in orbit in 1970, the year of the first Earth Day. Finally, the orbits from other years are flashed on until we reach the orbits for 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.


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This page was originally published on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
This page was last updated on Monday, July 15, 2024 at 12:07 AM EDT.


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