DescriptionApollo 8 "Earthrise" Large Color Photo Signed by the astronaut who took this landmark image, "Bill Anders", and inscribed and signed by his fellow astronaut who took the first, lesser-known B&W photo of the same scene, "To Nig Coons/ Thanks for helping to make this shot possible/ From the crew of Apollo 8- Frank Borman". ("Nig" was an affectionate nickname for Dr. D. Owen Coons, Chief of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center Medical Office). Apollo 8 was an important mission in the U.S. race to the moon. It was the first manned launch using the powerful Saturn V rocket and Lovell, Borman, and Anders were the first to leave Earth orbit, the first to orbit the Moon, and therefore the first humans to see its "dark side." They were also the first to take photos of Earth from deep space.
Interestingly, the original photo was shot as Anders saw it, rotated 90° so that the Earth was to the left instead of at the top. The rising Earth is depicted about five degrees above the lunar horizon in the photo taken on December 24, 1968 near 110 degrees east longitude. It was a photo that was immediately embraced by humanity and is certainly one of the most important photos ever taken. The image (sight size) is 19.75" x 16", matted to 23.5" x 19.5", and framed to 29" x 25". Fine condition.
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