Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts-Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders-held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft. Said Lovell, “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.” nasa.gov
Unidentified Photographer, [View of Earth taken from Apollo 8], December 29, 1968 (2012.99.3)
On a clear day both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are visible in this view from 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 more northerly portions are clear, showing the prominent cap at Dakar and the Senegal River in Senegal; Cap Blanc and the Adrar plateau in Mauritania; the wide expanse of desert in Algeria and Spanish Sahara; and at the far edge, the Atlas and the Anti-Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Clouds cover the easterly coast of South America. (2012.99.3).
Apollo 11 view of Earth taken shortly after lift off on 16 July 1969 from a distance of 180,000 km. Most of Africa can be seen at the center of this image, as well as parts of Europe and western Asia, partly covered by clouds, and most of the Middle East. Apollo 11 was in translunar insertion at the time of this photograph, on its way to the historic first moon walk on 20 July. The Earth is 12,740 km in diameter. North is at 11:00. (Apollo 11, AS11-36-5355) nasa.gov