First Earthrise viewed by humans
Apollo 8
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NASA’s Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to travel to the Moon. It did not land, but stayed in lunar orbit on 23–24 December 1968. On 24 December, Apollo 8’s crew of Frank Borman, Bill Anders and James Lovell (all USA) became the first people to witness the spectacle of the Earth rising over the surface of the Moon. One of the photographs they took (credited to Bill Anders) became known as "Earthrise", and has become one of the most famous of all space images.