One of the most famous photographs of the Twentieth Century, dubbed “Earthrise”, was taken by astronaut William Anders from lunar orbit during the Apollo 8 mission on December 24, 1968 — 45 years ago today.

The Apollo 8 crew — Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders — were the first men to leave Earth orbit, giving us an utterly new viewpoint of our world from space.

The commemorative postal stamp was issued the next year; it quotes the first words of the Bible because the astronauts had taken turns reciting the first 10 verses of Genesis during a live television broadcast on Christmas Eve.


Lane Core Jr. joined the Catholic Church at age 17, having been raised a Methodist. With a B.S. in Math & Computer Science, he has been on the Internet since 1995, and from 2002 through 2009 published The Blog from the Core. He has freelanced for the Pittsburgh Catholic and the Tribune-Review newspapers. A lifelong bibliophile, he enjoys poetry, theology, history, biography, and psychology.
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