On Christmas Eve, 1968, one of the most iconic space images of all time was taken. The beautiful Earthrise image was taken by William Anders, aboard Apollo 8 — the first manned mission to the Moon (to orbit, not land).
(Click image for full-sized version / Source: NASA)
The words of Commander Frank Borman, as taken from the transcript of the mission, are quite fitting of what it must have felt like to see such a sight:
“Oh, my God! Look at that picture over there! Here’s the earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!”