Using data collected from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to match with the Apollo 8 still photography, NASA has issued a new visualization of the events leading to one of the iconic photographs of the 20th Century – “Earthrise” taken on December 24, 1968. The visualization allows the viewer to see from the perspective of the Apollo 8 astronauts. The video may be viewed at: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-releases-new-earthrise-simulation-video/. Narration is provided by Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon: the Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts.
During their Christmas Eve television broadcast, the Apollo 8 astronauts read from the book of Genesis. Here is the transcript of their remarks:
We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.’
And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.”