The photograph of the Earth rising over the moon taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968 is one of the iconic images of the US space program, and in this visualization, NASA recreates the moment the photo was taken, pairing digitally rendered views from inside and outside the spacecraft with the astronauts' audio.

Andrew Chaikin narrates this visualization of Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders' experience in spotting the Earthrise and photographing it. The visualization uses photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, cloud pattern data from the ESSA-7 satellite, and, of course, the Apollo 8 astronaut's photographs to determine the position of the Apollo 8 spacecraft as it rolled, allowing the Earthrise to come into view. It gives us a sense of what was going on behind the scenes of that historic photograph.

[via Boing Boing]