Earthrise: The story of the photo that changed the world

In 1968, three NASA astronauts became the first humans to orbit the Moon. The Apollo 8 mission also captured a photograph of Earth from space that forever changed the way we saw ourselves. Fifty years later astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders reflect on their experience witnessing the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. Using archival footage and interviews with the three men, director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee tells the remarkable story of their journey and the photo that changed the world.

This iconic image offered a perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. Told 50 years later, Earthrise compels us to remember this shift and to reflect on the Earth as a shared home.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

Earthrise: The story of the photo that changed the world

In 1968, three NASA astronauts became the first humans to orbit the Moon. The Apollo 8 mission also captured a photograph of Earth from space that forever changed the way we saw ourselves. Fifty years later astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders reflect on their experience witnessing the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. Using archival footage and interviews with the three men, director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee tells the remarkable story of their journey and the photo that changed the world.

This iconic image offered a perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. Told 50 years later, Earthrise compels us to remember this shift and to reflect on the Earth as a shared home.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.