Fifty years ago today, astronauts orbiting the Moon captured a photograph that some people say changed the world. It was the first color photograph of Earth from space. Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman took the unplanned picture from Apollo 8 just as the blue Earth began to rise over the pale lunar surface. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with local space historian Bill Sheehan about why the “Earthrise” photo mattered in 1968, and still matters today.   

NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

A NASA spacecraft operated by the University of Arizona has discovered water locked up in clay minerals on an asteroid. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, some scientists believe asteroids may have delivered water and organic molecules to Earth in its early history, sparking the origin of life.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A NASA mission to an asteroid arrives at its destination today. OSIRIS REx is led by the University of Arizona and it’s the first U.S. spacecraft to visit an asteroid with plans to bring a sample of it back home. Scientists say the mission will tell us about the origins of the solar system and how to protect Earth from asteroid impacts. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with deputy principal investigator Heather Enos.


An Arizona-led spacecraft mission is headed toward a carbon-rich asteroid called Bennu, and today it’s close enough to take the first photograph of its destination. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Bonnie Stevens

Mars Rover Curiosity has dug up organic material in rocks just below the surface of what’s believed to be an ancient Martian lake bed.