'Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid'

Gwen Vasquez
December 27, 2018

Many photos have been taken of the Earth and Moon since then, but there's something special about the original Earthrise photo-an image that continues to inspire, give hope, and put our place in the cosmos into perspective.

Thomas Reinertsen Berg, author of "Theater of the World". "They're so ossified. NASA has turned into a jobs programme. numerous centres are mainly interested in keeping busy and you don't see the public support other than they get the workers their pay and their congressmen get re-elected", Anders said. As correspondent Lee Cowan noted, to look an Apollo astronaut in the eye, it's hard not to imagine what those eyes have seen, Anders' especially. "And darkness was upon the face of the deep..."

One of the first astronauts to orbit the Moon has said sending people to Mars would be "stupid".

This view of the earth, was taken from Apollo 8 in December, 1968. Apollo 8: Christmas On the Far Side of the Moon will be broadcast on 5 Live on 24 December 2018 at 20:00 GMT. Anders has said that despite all the training and preparation for an exploration of the moon, the astronauts ended up discovering Earth. I can clearly see the terminator.

The view just south of Florida. There is a big swirling motion just off the East Coast, and then going on over toward the east, I can still see West Africa, which has a few clouds right now. "We showed what American determination, coordinated effort and selfless cooperation could achieve".

To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASA's boldest and perhaps most risky undertaking.

"Earthrise" soon replaced another dominant image from the time, the mushroom cloud.

BORMAN: Hey, don't take that, it's not scheduled.

KELLY: Oh, right, so you had to get it out before you. Their job was also to document possible landing sites on the southern plains of Mare Tranquillitatis. During the six-day mission, those things seemed to fade away as people were captivated by what they saw and heard. "Oh, my God! Look at that picture over there!' commented someone, likely lunar module pilot William 'Bill" Anders. Here's the Earth coming up.

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Anders knew he got it ("Aw, that's a attractive shot!") and said he took it at 1/250th of a second at f/11.

With modern digital technology, however, the real first Earthrise image - originally in black and white - has now been remastered to have the combined resolution and color of the first three images. For his part, Lovell remembers being anxious during the mission which they had no way to know would succeed until they splashed down days later.

"So when the Earth came up over the lunar horizon, that's when it really impressed me, as to how much more delicate the Earth was, and colorful", Anders told NBC. After a couple of laps around Earth, they fired their single engine (no backup), and headed to the moon, 240,000 miles away.

Such a sight inspires contrasting feelings.

The interest in the Red Planet stems from the fact that its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth which could help us learn more about our planet's history and future.

Earth, this bright, attractive sphere, alone in the inky vastness of space, a soloist at the edge of the stage suspended in the spotlight.

From the mission, the astronauts captured one of the most iconic photographs of the space age: the Earthrise.

Imagine three guys - Commander Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders - getting into the command module on top of a Saturn V rocket, knowing that literally everything they were setting out to do had never been done before, by anyone, ever.

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