Every image taken during the Apollo program is now available online.


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Every image taken during the Apollo program is now available online.

I especially like this image, taken by Frank Borman, seconds before Bill Anders took the more famous version, which you will note is oriented here correctly, as Anders took it, with the horizon vertical.

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  • The vertical orientation is correct, but the horizontal orientation looks better.

  • “The vertical orientation is correct, but the horizontal orientation looks better.”

    That is the perspective of an earthbound person. As I noted in Genesis, a spacefarer would see it as Anders did, with the Earth, the Apollo capsule, and the Moon all different objects in space orbiting each other. He saw the Earth coming around the waist of the Moon, just as the Apollo capsule orbited it. Thus, he took the picture with the horizon vertical to the right.

    The future explorers of the solar system, born and bred in space, will see it as he does, and they will think that is the better view.

  • “That is the perspective of an earthbound person. ”

    Well, I am. Many works of science fiction have included derogatory references to Earth-bound people as ‘Earthers’, or ‘ground-pounders’, or ‘dirt-siders’. I have no doubt that if the future holds as we want there will be a rift between those on the planet and those who are not. But that time is not now. I still prefer the horizontal orientation.

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