First Shot of Earth From Moon, Now Restored

I like checking out the Astronomy Picture of the Day, and today's image was really great, aesthetically and historically. The awesomeness of the photo above is apparent, so I won't go into that. The history is even more interesting. Snapped in 1966 by the Lunar Orbiter satellite, it was the first photo of the Earth from the moon. Like a lot of people, I always thought the first such picture was the famous (below) made by the crew of Apollo 8 as it circled the moon in 1968. That photo of course i

I like checking out the Astronomy Picture of the Day, and today's image was really great, aesthetically and historically. The awesomeness of the photo above is apparent, so I won't go into that. The history is even more interesting. Snapped in 1966 by the Lunar Orbiter satellite, it was the first photo of the Earth from the moon. Like a lot of people, I always thought the first such picture was the famous "Earthrise" (below) made by the crew of Apollo 8 as it circled the moon in 1968. That photo of course is credited with inspiring the environmental movement. But at the time the Lunar Orbiter took its picture two years earlier, some journalists called it the Image of the Century. Which do you like better? And does it matter that one was made by actual people?--David Schonauer