Earth Rise

November 19th, 2008


This photograph is the first image ever taken of the Earth from the Moon.

After the three week long marathon of covering the Earshot Jazz Festival, I wanted to take a break and show some of the other kinds of photography I am interested in. In the coming months I will return and publish some of the many photos I shot at this year’s festival as well as festivals of years past. For now, how about some space photographs?

When I was young and the first photographs from our space missions began to appear, I was fascinated by their mystery and grace. Science fiction was one of my passions then. When the Whole Earth Catalog began to publish they used this imagery to capture our attention and it is really our generation that had been the first to witness such sights in the history of mankind. A sign of the times.

Pictured above is the first image ever taken of the Earth from the Moon. The image was taken in 1966 by Lunar Orbiter 1 and heralded by then-journalists as the Image of the Century. It was taken about two years before the Apollo 8 crew snapped its more famous color cousin, see below at bottom. Recently, modern technology has allowed the recovery of higher resolution images from old data sources such as Lunar Orbiter tapes than ever before. Specifically, recovery of the above image was initiated 20 years ago by Nancy Evans, and completed recently by Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing who lead the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Images like that above carry more than aesthetic value — comparison to recent high definition images of the Moon enables investigations into how the Moon has been changing.

This information is from Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer by Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)


Earth Rise from Apollo 8 in Orbit around the Moon 1968.

Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in editorial photography and portrait photography for publications and corporations, and a Seattle wedding photographer with an unobtrusive, story-telling approach, creating award winning wedding photojournalism, is ranked one the best Seattle wedding photographers by the National Association of Wedding Photojournalists.

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