The story of a famous photograph, taken at the end of a horrific year, starts and ends in Kansas

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“Earthrise,” a photo of the planet earth rising over the moon, as captured by the crew of the Apollo 8 mission. NASA photo

By Max McCoyKansas Reflector

Fifty-two years ago, on Dec. 27, 1968, Apollo 8 splashed down in the Pacific after taking humanity’s first swing around the moon.The mission was a triumph of science, discovery and American determination. But in an undeveloped roll of film in the capsule was an image that might be the mission’s most lasting achievement, a self-portrait that continues to inspire hope that we just might transcend our worst impulses as a species.That image is “Earthrise.”As a kid I ...

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