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Here are some cool Apollo 8 photos. You can make any of these images into your computer desktop wallpaper. Just click on an image to enlarge it, and then choose “Set as Desktop Background”.
This spectacular image of the earth as seen from the moon was taken by the astronauts onboard the Apollo 8 space craft in December 1968. Apollo 8 was the first human spaceflight mission to successfully escape from the earth’s gravitational field.
This is an image of the planet earth from space as seen by the Apollo 8 astronauts. The Apollo 8 mission is the first human spaceflight that was able to leave the earth’s orbit.
Here’s an image of the reentry of the Apollo 8 spacecraft to the planet earth. This was captured by the U.S. Air Force ALOTS (Airborne Lightweight Optical Tracking System) camera onboard the KC-135-A aircraft on December 27, 1968.
This is an oblique view of the lunar surface taken during the Apollo 8 mission on December 24, 1968. The surface of the moon has a lot of craters caused by asteroid impacts.
This is a picture of the Apollo 8 mission launch which happened on December 21, 1968. The Apollo 8 mission was launched through the Spacecraft 103/Saturn 503 spacecraft.
We have written many articles about the Apollo 8 mission for Universe Today. Here’s an article about the Apollo 8 mission, and here’s an article about Astronaut Bill Anders’ reflection on the earthrise picture.
We’ve also recorded an entire episode of Astronomy Cast all about Moon Exploration. Listen here, Episode 114: The Moon, Part 2: Exploration of the Moon.