To the Moon
One Step Closer
Home Sweet Home
Like Looking in a Mirror
Earth, Western Hemisphere
Hard at Work
Beginning at the left side of the image the terminator can be seen crossing the southern highlands and Mare Tranquillitatis, an irregular maira. Mare Nectaris, the round mare, is also by the terminator. Near the center of the photo the crater Langrenus sits at the easter edge of Mare Fecunditatis, another irregular maira. Mare Crisium, the dark circular area close to the center of the moon is also visible.
The right side of the image is comprised of mostly lunar farside properties. Several large craters, including crater Tsiolkovsky at the lower right, are clear. Two of these craters have noticeable bright rays extending from them.
The Earthrise photos from Apollo 8 have become iconic images of space exploration.