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Stop what you are doing and watch this:

One of the most famous photographs of all time- the earth rising above the moon as seen from Apollo 8′s lunar orbit- was a lucky accident.

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. SethBurgess 2:32 pm 12/29/2013

    Luck favors the prepared – I’ve read they walked around with Hasselblad cameras on earth for quite awhile getting used to them prior to using them on the missions. Probably one of the most expensive photographer training programs ever! And you can tell how good they were – they knew they got the shot at a proper exposure (but did a bracket just to be sure). I sure wouldn’t know what to expose for in space!

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