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40 Years Ago today, the Astronauts of Apollo 8, the first humans to circumnavigate the moon, finally turned their eyes from the lunar surface (on their fourth orbit) to observe the “earthrise.” Writing about it in “Happy Birthday, ‘Earthrise‘  ( NY Times), Andrew C. Revkin includes a video he compiled to mark the occasion.

As Frank Borman shifted the orientation of the capsule to see the horizon Bill Anders was moved to blurt out  “Oh my God, look at that picture over there. Here’s the Earth coming up!”

one of the pictures they took was so moving to so many that it became a visual confrimation of the concept “Spaceship Earth” and is one of the most published photographs in history.

The third member of the Apollo 8 crew  was James Lovell  who was on his third spaceflight.  His next mission was also one of the best known in the history of spaceflight – not for the fact that during it he became the  first man to journey twice to the moon but because of near disaster.  Apollo 13 was programmed for ten days but the mission plan had to be aborted due to an explosion in area of the return booster rocket. . Lovell and fellow crewmen, John L. Swigert and Fred W. Haise, working closely with Houston ground controllers, converted their lunar module “Aquarius” into an effective lifeboat. Their emergency activation and operation of lunar module systems conserved both electrical power and water in sufficient supply to assure their safety and survival while in space and for the return to earth.  This was the flight dramatized in the 1995 movie of the same name

Apollo 8 First manned lunar orbiter
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