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Earthrise, redux

Earthrise, redux

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, December 23, 2015/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

                     Earthrise 2  (credit: NASA)

During the Apollo 8 mission in 1966, NASA astronauts captured a photograph that became known as Earthrise. Earth in that famous image as seen from the moon became a powerful environmental symbol. A new version of Earthrise has now been released and it is stunning in its new lunar vantage point.

According to the agency, the new Earthrise image, produced by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter,  the Earth rises over the lunar horizon. with the West Coast Africa and the Sahara Desert clearly visible with the Arabian Peninsula beyond. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are also visible. On the moon, the Compton crater seen below is located on the rim of the moon's dark side.

The photo required collecting black-and-white images from a high resolution camera while gathering lower resolution color images from a wide angle camera. The dual information was then combined together. Using image processing created the image representing the view of the Earth and moon at one moment in time.

It is breathtaking and may be even more environmentally important nearly 50 years later.

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