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10 of the most memorable space photos

This shot was captured by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders on Dec. 24, 1968

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Earthrise

The most-nominated photo was without a doubt "Earthrise," the first picture taken of planet Earth by people orbiting the moon. This shot was captured by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders on Dec. 24, 1968, as his spacecraft became the first to fly around the moon.

"It was iconic for the environmental movement," said astronomer Jill Tarter, co-founder of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, Calif. "It allowed us to see ourselves as Earthlings living on a single, fragile, beautiful planet. This perspective is even more important today. "