photograph of the Earth taken by astronaut Bill Anders during the Apollo 8 mission

"Earthrise" is a photo of the Earth from the Moon taken on the Apollo 8 mission.[1] It was taken by astronaut William Anders on December 24, 1968.[2] It was a very important picture, because it helped people realize how fragile the Earth looks. It started making a large amount of people want to pass laws and create government programs that help the environment. It also became the symbol for Earth Day because of how powerful it was, and it started the environmental movement of the 1970's.[3] Earthrise's most notable use is as the symbol of Earth Day.

A picture of Earth taken from the Moon. The Earth is partly in shadow, so only half of it is visible
Taken on December 24, 1968
Earthrise revisited 2013, a recreation showing the rising Earth as it must have looked to Anders, Borman, and Lovell 45 years ago

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  1. "The Earthrise Photograph". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. Neuman, Scott. "On Anniversary Of Apollo 8, How The 'Earthrise' Photo Was Made". National Public Radio. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. Wright, Ernie. "The Making of an Icon: Earthrise". NASA. Retrieved 20 February 2016.

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