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8 images of Earth as seen from space

March 7, 2011, 12:25 p.m.
the earth photographed from the moon

Photo: NASA

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Earthrise at Christmas

December 1968, brought the first photo taken of Earth from outer space. The Apollo 8 crew snapped this photo when they entered the orbit of the moon. Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders were the first people to ever leave the confines of the Earth's orbit. As NASA reports, Borman closed his live [skipwords]Christmas[/skipwords] Eve broadcast with, "We close with good night, good luck, and a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the Good Earth."