“Calm down, Lovell”: Earthrise from Apollo 8

This clip, just posted on December 23, is one of the most stirring videos ever taken on a manned space mission. YouTube gives details and refers you to other videos and sources:

NASA has produced a remarkable new video replay of the moment on December 24, 1968, when the astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission orbiting the moon were unexpectedly confronted with an “Earthrise” and worked together to snap some of the most viewed photography in history. This is an excerpt from the full public-domain video, narrated by the Apollo mission historian Andy Chaikin:

Here’s a New York Times Dot Earth post on this imagery and Japan’s 2007 video version of this same Earthrise phenomenon: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/200…


  1. George
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I think that was the most important picture ever taken. We take these views of Earth from space for granted these days. But there was a time when we had never seen that. We saw the grainy televised images live but the cameras used this stuff called film back in those days. It was a while before the pictures were printed and released. Earthrise was truly mind blowing.

    This also came at the end of one of the worst years in human history. I don’t mind that the Apollo 8 crew went all biblical (Genesis). 1968 started with a bang – North Korea seized the Pueblo, the Tet offensive in Vietnam, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Democratic Convention in Chicago, ….. Seeing the Earth from the Moon put a new perspective on everything and gave hope.

  2. Keith
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Wow, that audio was amazing. It is fascinating how the Earth rise caught the crew by surprise, even with all their training. Thanks for the post!

  3. Marlon
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Better than any double rainbow. Well, except for one.

  4. Posted December 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    So, he shot at 1/250s @ f/11…but that doesn’t tell us the actual exposure without knowing the film. But we’ve got that, too: C-368 refers to film type SO-368, Ektachrome ASA 64 color transparency film.

    That puts the exposure between EV 15 and 16, which is, not surprisingly, a “Sunny f/16” exposure.

    It’s good when independent calculations come up with the same answer….


  5. Stephen P
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I had that photo on my bedroom wall for years as a teenager. Interesting to hear the background to it.

  6. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    “It’ll come up again, I think”

    Love the humour.

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