Watch planet Earth rise above the moon in this high-def video fr - AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, HSN 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZ

Watch planet Earth rise above the moon in this high-def video from space

Updated: Jul 16, 2014 03:01 PM
© NASA © NASA

By Felix Esser
Provided by


The photograph titled “Earthrise,” taken in 1968 by NASA astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, is probably one of the best-known and most iconic pieces of space photography. For the first time, we saw the Earth rise above the Moon – instead of the other way round – in full color. This sight has been reproduced multiple times during succeeding lunar missions, but Anders’ photograph has a special place in history books.

It wasn’t until 2008, when a similarly spectacular recording of the Earth rising above the Moon has been captured. But this time it was neither an American mission nor an actual human photographer that took the footage. Instead, it was the Japanese lunar orbiter SELENE, also known by its Japanese nickname “Kaguya,” which recorded a full Earthrise video in high-definition during its 20-month mission between late 2007 and early 2009.

The video that shows a full Earth rise above the Moon was taken on April 5, 2008, and the Japanese space agency, JAXA, published an English-dubbed version in March 2009. So, while the video is more than five years old by now, we deem it still to be spectacular enough to merit a mention at this point. This year should be a good one for Moon phenomenons, with a Supermoon recently making an appearance (there will be five this year) and the Blood Moon making a reappearance in October.

And in case you were wondering what happened to the lunar orbiter after its mission was completed – it was deliberately crashed onto the moon’s surface on June 10, 2009.


This article was originally posted on Digital Trends

Content provided by
INFORMATIONAL DISCLAIMER The information contained on or provided through this site is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional financial or accounting advice. Always seek the advice of your accountant or other qualified personal finance advisor for answers to any related questions you may have. Use of this site and any information contained on or provided through this site is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and AZ-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.