Planets and Moons  ID: 10961

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Brings "Earthrise" to Everyone

On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman and crew members William A. Anders and James A. Lovell, Jr. became the first humans to photograph the Earth rising over the moon. Now, the rest of us can see what it was like in a new NASA visualization that draws on richly detailed maps of the moon's surface made from data gathered by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter!

The narration in this visualization comes from the original audio recording of the Apollo 8 astronauts. The flight time has been compressed for effect. The Earth in this visualization is not an exact duplication of what the astronauts saw but a mosaic of more recent images taken by Earth-observing satellites. Representative clouds were then layered on top of the mosaic.


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Ernie Wright (USRA): Lead Animator
Chris Smith (HTSI): Video Editor
Chris Smith (HTSI): Producer
Richard Vondrak (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
James Rice (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Noah Petro (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Gordon Chin (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
John Keller (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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