As is typical with these kinds of topics, finding multiple instances
of conflicting information is common - especially on the Web. It is easy to find dates
ranging from December 22, 1968 to December 24, 1968 for the origin of the Earthrise
photo. Even on various NASA sites I found credit for all three dates.
little more research, it seems impossible that December 22 was the date of the photo.
According to the official Apollo 8 flight log from NASA, "Orbit insertion took place
on 24 December at 09:59:20 UT" (4:59:20 am EST).
That means, of course,
that the photo could not have been taken before then. So, I will change the date in
my listing - thanks.
Regarding the live television broadcast, according to this
NASA website (the only one I could find with an actual time stamp),
"Two of the six live television transmissions were also made during translunar flight.
The first was a 23-minute 37-second transmission at 031:10:36." That is mission elapsed
time, so with liftoff at "12:51:00 GMT (07:51:00 a.m. EST) on 21 December 1968," the
transmission would have occurred 31 hours and 10 minutes later, or around 3:00 pm on
December 22, 1968.
Thanks for giving me the motivation to investigate this more
thoroughly. With no exaggeration, I sometimes spend an hour or more each evening researching
all of the event dates that are listed on the homepage. Since beginning the validation
efforts back around June, I have had to remove or revise many of the topics. A lot of
incorrect information has been identified, but many of the topics are eliminated because
I cannot locate a source that I consider authoritative enough to justify keeping it
up. I want to be certain that information is not just regurgitated from other websites;
that is why all the surviving events have hyperlinks to my sources. Take care.
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster