Political reforms in Czechoslovakia were met with brutal suppression by Soviet forces.
In the West, Paris was plagued by riots and the United States was shocked and polarized by protests against the impasse of the Vietnam War and racial inequality, as well as a series of horrific assassinations.
Fifty years ago, a space mission lifted off that would change our world forever.
No one had ever built a craft that was meant to land from space using nothing but rocket power – much less one to do so on the Moon.
Even NASA seemed to be trapped in a crisis of confidence.
On January 27, 1967, the space program suffered a devastating setback when the crew of Apollo 1 died in a tragic launchpad fire.
“Earthrise” is an iconic photo of Earth rising up from the Moon’s horizon that’s considered one of the most important environmental photos ever made. Anders, using a Hasselblad 500 EL equipped with a 250mm lens and custom 70mm Kodak Ektachrome film, first captured a black-and-white photo of the Earthrise. By the time he got it, the Earthrise had passed out of view from the window Anders had been looking through. Anders: Wait a minute, just let me get the right setting here now, just calm down. Lovell: Well, I got it right – aw, that’s a beautiful shot…Two-fifty at f/11. “It has not been widely known, for example, that the spacecraft was rolling when the photos were taken, and that it was this roll that brought the Earth into view,” NASA writes.
Here’s a fascinating 3-minute visualization by NASA that recreates how the photo was shot in real-time. (joking) Anders: (laughs) You got a color film, Jim? But then Lovell spotted the Earth through a different window. Lovell: Hey, I got it right here [in the hatch window].
This spider-like machine could only operate in the vacuum of space and would be carried to the Moon by the CSM.