William Anders, The Earth, Africa and South America illuminated Apollo 8, December 1968

William Anders, The Earth, Africa and South America illuminated Apollo 8, December 1968

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Credit: William Anders

Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

NASA AS8-16-2588, caption on verso

Both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are visible in this view from the Apollo 8 spacecraft. The large, most prominent, land mass is the bulge of west Africa.  The portion of Africa near the equator is dark and cloudy, but the morenortherly portions are clear, showing the prominent cape at Dakar and theSenegal River in Senegal; Cap Blanc; the Adrar Plateau in Mauritania; thewide expanse of desert in Algeria and Spanish Sahara; and at the far edge,  the Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Clouds cover the eastern coastof South America, southward from Surinam and Guyana to near the City ofSalvador, Brazil. This view was taken after tranlunar insertion.

About the Apollo 8 mission here

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