NASA released, on December 20, 2013, a new video simulation of the famous Earthrise that was video-taped and photographed by the crew of Apollo 8 as they orbited the moon on December 24, 1968, Christmas Eve.
The Earthrise was among the most iconic photographs ever taken in the 20th Century and was a group effort by each of the crew of Apollo 8. Mission commander Frank Borman maneuvered the space craft while Jim Lovell made the photographs and video and Bill Anders supplied Lovell with film. The result was an image that still inspires awe, even four and a half decades after the event took place.
NASA created the video using both images created by the Apollo 8 crew as well as those taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter. The LRO images are of much higher resolution than was possible during the flight of Apollo 8. The result is a video that harkens back to a heroic era of space exploration when men voyaged to the moon, to explore its secrets and demonstrate what a great nation could do given the leadership, direction, and resources.