As Apollo 8 circled the Moon, astronaut Bill Anders took photos of the surface. He was looking for future landing sites but photographed something else: Earthrise.
Capturing "Earthrise" from Apollo 8
Published: March 21, 2019
Onscreen: As Apollo 8 circled the moon, astronaut Bill Anders took photos of the surface. He was looking for future landing sites but found something else.
William A. Anders: When the Earth came up in Earthrise, I didn't even have a light meter. I just started clicking away and changing the f-stops and fortunately, one of the pictures came out.
John Aaron: That picture is probably the picture of the century. We thought we were going there to study to moon. No! We went to the moon, we learned a lot about the moon, but most of all, we learned about a new way to look at the Earth.
Frank Borman: The sense of isolation and closeness of our humanity. I wish more people would focus on it.
Frances (Poppy) Northcutt: Having that unifying experience, I think was a very profound and moving moment for people on Earth. To realize we're all on this one spaceship together. We better start taking care of it.
Narrator: Before all this, seeing our home planet as it really is, and everything else — the rocket, the computer, leaving Earth — had only been dreamed of. In December 1968, it became forever real on Apollo 8.
Aaron: This was the mission that all that happened.
Apollo's Daring Mission
Directed by: Kirk Wolfinger
Produced by: Sue Norton, Rushmore DeNooyer
Digital Producers: Olivia Schmidt, Arlo Perez
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