Earthrise, the first ever witnessed by human eyes, Apollo 8, December 1968, 1968

Vintage chromogenic print.

20.2 x 25.4 cm.

Annotated "NASA AS8-14-2383" on the verso.

Photo credit: Astronaut William Anders.


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William Anders spoke the words from Genesis as the photograph was taken: 


In the beginning God created
the Heaven and the Earth,
And the Earth was without
form, and Void...


The celebrated view of planet Earth appearing over the bleached lunar horizon. 'There was nothing in the plan for an Earthrise photo. Indeed, we didn’t even see an actual Earthrise until, on our third orbit, we changed the spacecraft’s orientation to heads up and looking forward. As we came round the back side of the moon, where I had been taking pictures of craters near our orbital track, I looked up and saw the startlingly beautiful sight of our home planet “rising” up above the stark and battered lunar horizon. It was the only color against the deep blackness of space. In short, it was beautiful, and clearly delicate.' William Anders.


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The photographs are guaranteed as vintage NASA prints, processed by NASA’s photographic laboratories shortly after the date of the scene depicted. As contemporary, original prints of pictures taken by astronaut-photographers such as Neil Armstrong, they are very rare and difficult to find, especially in good condition. 

Generally speaking, vintage NASA photographs were printed on fibre-based photographic paper, 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 in). Most are printed on “A Kodak Paper”, a watermark which changed in 1972.  Unless otherwise stated, all photographs are glossy prints on paper. The NASA reference numbers within square brackets do not appear on the prints and are provided for reference.

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