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A color photograph of Earth rising over the horizon of the Moon, as seen from the Apollo 8 spacecraft. The Moon's horizon is a dull gray, covering the bottom quarter of the image. Earth, with its blue water and white swirling clouds, is almost at the center of the image. The bottom third of Earth is not visible.

“Earthrise” by NASA Astronaut Bill Anders

The rising Earth is about five degrees above the lunar horizon in this telephoto view taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft near 110 degrees east longitude. Astronaut Bill Anders took the photo on the morning of Dec. 24, 1968. The South Pole is in the white area near the left end of the terminator. North and South America are under the clouds.

Image Credit: NASA

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