Earth - Apollo 8

Half-full Earth, showing Australia and India

Earth
Apollo 8 hand-held Hasselblad photograph of a half illuminated Earth taken on 24 December 1968 as the spacecraft returned from the first manned orbit of the Moon. The evening terminator crosses Australia, towards the bottom. India can be seen at upper left. The sun is reflecting off the Indian ocean. The Earth is 12,740 km in diameter, north is at about 1:00. (Apollo 8, AS08-15-2561)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1968-12-24
Distance/Range (km): N/A
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view, clouds, water
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - 70 mm
Instrument Field of View (deg): N/A
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: AS08-15-2561
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 68-118A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A

Updated 21 September 2004, DRW.