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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Apollo 8 Earthrise - December 24, 1968
I remember the moment well. It was the first time that a live television broadcast was made back to Earth as humans circled the moon. We were at my Uncle Nate's house in Pomona, California and everyone but me had drifted out of the TV room to the merriment that was occurring around the Christmas tree. I was captivated by the images of the first Earthrise ever witnessed.
Now, imagery from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is allowing scientists to recreate the moment exactly as it occurred more than 45 years ago.