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NASA | Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

Published on Dec 20, 2013
In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.

Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. Narrator Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, sets the scene for a three-minute visualization of the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

The visualization draws on numerous historical sources, including the actual cloud pattern on Earth from the ESSA-7 satellite and dozens of photographs taken by Apollo 8, and it reveals new, historically significant information about the Earthrise photographs. It has not been widely known, for example, that the spacecraft was rolling when the photos were taken, and that it was this roll that brought the Earth into view. The visualization establishes the precise timing of the roll and, for the first time ever, identifies which window each photograph was taken from.

The key to the new work is a set of vertical stereo photographs taken by a camera mounted in the Command Module’s rendezvous window and pointing straight down onto the lunar surface. It automatically photographed the surface every 20 seconds. By registering each photograph to a model of the terrain based on LRO data, the orientation of the spacecraft can be precisely determined.

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Did You Know – 05/13/2013

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1. One man, Dennis Hope, has claimed ownership of the moon via a U.N. loophole and has made millions selling lunar real estate.
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2. Astronauts can’t cry in space because of the weightless environment. The tears just collect in little balls and sting your eyes.
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3. Google pays Mozilla $300 Million a year to be the default search engine in Firefox.
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4. All blue eyed people can be traced back to one person who lived near the Black Sea 10,000 years ago.
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5. Swear words are processed in a separate part of the brain from regular speech and they actually reduce pain.
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6. Bacon affects the brain the same way as cocaine and heroin, overloading pleasure centers in the brain and requiring increasing amounts to be satisfied.
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Did you know – 11/26/2012

1. Hugging for 20 seconds releases Oxytocin, which can make someone trust you more

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2.  Astronauts have a patch of Velcro inside their helmets so they can scratch their nose.

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3.  In the 1800’s it was considered cruel and unusual punishment to feed prisoners lobster. It was like making people eat rats

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4.  Gandhi used to sleep naked next to young indian girls in order to test his resolve to chastity.

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5. Since 1945  all British Tanks have come equipped with tea making facilities

Every British tank since the centurion and most other British AFVs, Challenger 2 contains a boiling vessel (BV) also known as a kettle or bivvie for water which can be used to brew tea produce other hot beverages and heat boil-in-the-bag meals contained in  ration packs This BV requirement is general for armoured vehicles of the British Armed Forces, and is unique to the armed forces of the UK.

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