The late adventure photographer Galen Rowell called it “the
most influential environmental photograph ever taken.” Captured
on Christmas Eve, 1968, near the end of one of the most tumultuous
years the U.S. had ever known, the Earthrise photograph inspired contemplation
of our fragile existence and our place in the cosmos. For years, Frank
Borman and Bill Anders of the Apollo 8 mission each thought that he
was the one who took the picture. An investigation of two rolls of
film seemed to prove Borman had taken an earlier, black-and-white
frame, and the iconic color photograph, which later graced a U.S.
postage stamp and several book covers, was by Anders.