First picture of Earth taken from lunar orbit. The poignant image was captured by the unmanned Lunar Orbiter 1 in as it swung around the moon on a mission to map the lunar surface from space. Credit: UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
early stages of a rare lunar eclipse that coincided with the winter solstice. Some experts believe the moon formed when a giant object hit Earth. Others think it may have been created at the same time as the other planets in our solar system.
"Earthrise" is the name given to NASA image the "first jaw-dropping picture of Earth from outer space." It was taken on this day in 1968 by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, the first manned voyage to orbit the Moon.
A Long Way From Home 35 years ago yesterday, Voyager 1 took this photo of Earth and the Moon, from million miles away. Now it’s about to leave the solar system. A long way from home, indeed. (via NASA)
This view of the moon is a rendering based on detailed maps of the reflectivity and height of the lunar surface from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The bright crescent is directly illuminated by the sun but the rest of the disc is glowing faintly in light reflected from Earth — the earthshine.