How the “Earthrise” Photo Was Made in 4K

“Earthrise” is probably the most iconic and important photo ever taken in space. In this video you’ll learn all the details on how the photo was shot and the rush onboard Apollo 8 to find color film, vs. the Black and white film. They used a highly modified Hasselblad 500 EL with an electric drive. The camera had a simple sighting ring rather than the standard reflex viewfinder and was loaded with a 70 mm film magazine containing custom Ektachrome film developed by Kodak.

The video has the original module recording so you can hear all that happened as they scrambled to get the shot.

Borman: Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Here’s the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty.
Anders: Hey, don’t take that, it’s not scheduled.
Borman: (laughing) You got a color film, Jim?
Anders: Hand me that roll of color quick, will you…
Lovell: Oh man, that’s great!

and the rest is history.

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