A photograph supposedly showing the Earth from the surface of the moon is frequently shared on social media.
In July 2019, for instance, the Facebook page Beautiful World shared the picture with the caption: “A view of Earth from The Moon taken by NASA.”
Facebook This is not a genuine photograph of Earth from the moon but rather a digital composite of at least two different images.
The image is available via stock photography websites such as Shutterstock, where it is presented with the caption: “Blue earth seen from the moon surface: Elements of this image are furnished by NASA.”
While we have been unable to find the original images used to create the above-displayed composite, we did find some genuine photographs that show Earth from the vantage point of the moon.
A few years later, the Apollo 17 crew captured a few more photographs of the Earth from the surface of the moon.
The following picture was taken on December 12, 1972, by astronaut Eugene Cernan and shows Harrison Schmitt and an American flag on the surface of the moon with the Earth in the Harrison H. Schmitt stands by the American flag during a moonwalk on the Apollo 17 mission.