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December 24, 1
Five years ago, on the 45th anniversary of this photo, NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio released the video below. It is a visualization of the events leading up to the photo recording.
In this video, you hear the voices of Apollo 8 astronauts: Commander Frank Borman and crew members William A. Anders and James A. Lovell. The video lets you see the view that these Apollo 8 astronauts saw, during a rolling maneuver of their craft, they peered from a window and noticed that the earth is rising above the horizon of the moon.
You can hear them grabbing, trying to find and load color film into the camera.
Bottom line: Fifty years ago, on December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts held one of the most iconic images from the 20th century – Earthrise from the moon.
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