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Gallery: Earth From the Moon

"We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth."
-- astronaut Bill Anders

At one point in Apollo 8's lunar orbit, the Earth came into view over the moon's horizon. The crew reacted with astonishment to the beautiful sight, snapping photographs and expressing their excitement.

These images would become some of the century's most famous, inspiring people worldwide to consider Earth's place in the cosmos.

Browse a gallery of Earth photographs from Apollo 8.

View of rising Earth about 5 degrees above the Lunar horizon View of Earth visible from Apollo 8 spacecraft during lunar orbital mission Earth visible over the Moon's horizon
Entire Western Hemisphere visible from Apollo 8 spacecraft Earth seems to rest on the Moon's horizon Southeastern United States and Caribbean Sea from Apollo 8 spacecraft
View of Earth during return from moon taken from Apollo 8 Both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are visible from Apollo 8 spacecraft Earth photographed near the Moon by Apollo 8
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