Press Release

Constellation Astronauts celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 and the Earthrise photograph

By SpaceRef Editor
December 17, 2018
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Constellation astronauts, Anousheh Ansari, Ron Garan, Leland Melvin and Nicole Stott, will be leading a celebration of legendary photo Earthrise taken by the crew of Apollo 8. Apollo 8 launched from Kennedy Space Center on the 21st of December 1968. As they left Earth’s atmosphere, astronaut Bill Anders took the very first photo taken by human hands of the whole Earth. Then three days later, on Christmas Eve, as the crew rounded the Moon and witnessed the Earth rising above its horizon, Anders took the famous Earthrise image. These photos changed the course of human history. We discovered that we all share one home together in space: Earth.

Fifty years later, we are inviting you to join us to celebrate the significance of this iconic image. The evening will start in the IMAX Theater, hosted by former CNN space correspondent John Zarrella. Special guest Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, will share reflections of his own flight to the Moon and introduce a short profile film about Apollo 8, in which all three Apollo 8 astronauts share their memories of their mission. Following the film, Constellation astronauts will take the stage to reveal their mission – #EARTH2068 – as we look forward 50 years to an Earthrise future for us all.

Artist Pauli PSM will launch his new music video called “Buss Case” and perform his song. The IMAX Theater portion of the evening will close with a very special Earthrise tribute video built by ABlok Interactive Experiences from children’s artwork from around the world and the ‘Earth Moon’ music of composer Amanda-Lee Falkenberg. Following these events, guests will be invited to continue the celebration with a very special after party under the belly of the Atlantis. There will be a specially curated Earthrise Art Show, a silent auction of paintings and other unique items, and immersive VR space experiences.

An additional part of the experience can include a pre-show trip to the Apollo Saturn V with the Constellation astronauts where guests will relive the Apollo 8 launch from the historic firing room, spend some time with the Saturn V rocket, and raise a champagne toast to the awe and wonder of the Apollo 8 mission. QUOTES:

Ron Garan: “Earthrise revealed the reality that we are One people, traveling on One planet, toward One shared destiny.”

Nicole Stott: “Earthrise is an image that, once seen, stays with you forever. It is a beautiful reality check of who and where we all are together in the universe.”

Leland Melvin:“I circled the Earth with people from around the globe. We broke bread and marveled at the beauty and all the billions of people below. I thought about my race and felt blessed to be part of the human race. What a perspective shift!” Anousheh Ansari: “Seeing Earth from space has a profound impact on any human being. I had the privilege of seeing it with my own eyes, but for many the Earthrise image was the first time they had the opportunity to see our Blue planet floating in the black sea of universe. This image, whether in the picture or in person, brings about a perspective shift that allows you to see humanity and our Earth as one beautiful and amazing ecosystem, interdependent, interconnected and fragile.”

Pauli PSM:” “The musician and astronaut aren’t too dissimilar – they leave the Earth’s atmosphere physically and mentally to pursue an individual voyage that yields new information that can possibly offer new truth to the masses. “Buss Case” is about escaping the chaos of earth to understand life with a new perspective.”


LINKS FOR TICKETS: 2 Ticket types: Stellar and Cosmic

Stellar Experience:

● An inspiring evening with the Constellation astronauts (Anousheh Ansari, Ron Garan, Leland Melvin, and Nicole Stott) and Apollo 15 astronaut Alfred “Al” Worden in the IMAX Theater. Hosted by John Zarrella. Premiere of Earthrise art tribute video and the music of composer Amanda Falkenberg. Special Musical Performance by Pauli PSM with premiere of his new music video “Buss Case”.

● An all-access pass to the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 after-party celebration under the Atlantis

● Earthrise Art Exhibit

● Immersive VR Experiences

● Constellation crewmate patch Cosmic Experience:

● All Stellar benefits

● Pre-show private tour of the Saturn V rocket & Apollo 8 firing room with the Constellation astronauts – including an astronaut-hosted VIP bus ride to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, Champagne toast celebrating the famous Earthrise image, and Group photo

● Commemorative gift bag including an Apollo 8 commemorative patch


Constellation Foundation (Constellation) was founded by astronauts and creatives as an organization dedicated to inspiring positive action through the profound perspective shift experienced in space through storytelling and immersive technology. Constellation uses the unifying human perspective of our planet from space to inspire hope and positive action in understanding interdependence and the need for profound collaboration and long-term thinking.

Space travel is, by nature, profoundly collaborative. In space, the primary role of astronauts and space explorers is to ensure that life-support systems are functioning within limits so that all on board can safely and successfully complete their missions. Now, on Earth, we must do exactly the same.

Constellation was created in order to continue the work of sharing the astronaut experience, inspiring awe and wonder in others, and connecting people from all regions and walks of life so that our collective future (and the future of our planet) can be a manifestation of the reality astronauts have all seen and experienced from space – and that we all have seen through the iconic image Earthrise.

Our founding Astronauts are: Anousheh Ansari, Ron Garan, Leland Melvin, and Nicole Stott.


A civilization that operates within planetary limits, in which all life thrives.


Inspire all of humanity with the perspective shifts that astronauts experience in space so we can unite together to create the future of our shared planet.


To foster awe-inspiring experiences for all planetary citizens in order to create impactful systemic change for the future of our planet.
Website: Constellation.Earth


Constellation is creating #EARTH2068, a world-wide movement inspiring a positive vision of the future where our planet is a bold and thriving home for all–inviting the people of Earth to imagine and create this future together.


Having spent a decade diligently honing his chops as stickman for an assortment of transatlantic outfits, not least Damon Albarn’s mighty Gorillaz Sound System, Pauli “The PSM” aka Pauli Lovejoy has also assumed the role of MD (musical director) for Jamie xx and FKA twigs. In demand for countless high-profile gigs, and with well-received sideline modeling at both Tokyo & London fashion weeks, Pauli has opted to leave the MD world behind and focus on his solo career. Pauli’s debut body of work The Idea of Tomorrow. featuring Idris Elba, solidified the launch of his live shows with an opening slot for Sampha’s Mercury winning “Process” album tour. When he’s not on a world tour or in the studio, London-born Pauli calls Brooklyn home, where he is the co-founder and resident DJ at monthly party and record label Back to Life. In 2018, Pauli releases his sophomore EP Secret Life of a Badman from his label Badman Space Program which aims to provide underprivileged children resources to learn about space exploration and science.

ABOUT Kennedy Space Center Vistor Complex:

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities, including the new Astronaut Training Experience® Exploring with Lockheed Martin, which opened in February 2018, as well as Heroes & Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, presented by Boeing, the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis ®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, IMAX® A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey To Space 3D films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, Rocket Garden, and Cosmic Quest. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. Admission is $57 + tax for adults and $47 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $82 + tax for adults and $67 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit Twitter: @ExploreSpaceKSC #JoinTheJourney

Jeremy Boxer,

SpaceRef staff editor.