Last update: November 16th, 2019 at 11:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features an image taken by the Apollo 8 space crew 50 years ago as they orbited the moon on December 24, 1968.
The photograph was shot by William Anders, and is presented in the same way that he captured the image of the Earth rising in the vertical plane.
During their trip around the moon on Christmas Eve, the astronauts broadcast directly to the largest television audience that had ever been addressed, which was estimated to be half a billion people.
The special broadcast ended with the message: “And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory