Earthrise Project
Earth beauty shot 1

Earth beauty shot 1

Earth beauty shot 2

Earth beauty shot 2

"Earthrise," original photo taken by astronaut William Anders on the Apollo 8 mission.
Original photo - https://images.nasa.gov/details-as08-14-2383.html

"Earthrise," original photo taken by astronaut William Anders on the Apollo 8 mission.
Original photo - https://images.nasa.gov/details-as08-14-2383.html

Another Earthrise recreation.
Original photo - https://images.nasa.gov/details-as17-152-23274.html

Another Earthrise recreation.
Original photo - https://images.nasa.gov/details-as17-152-23274.html

The Blue Marble.
Original photo - https://images.nasa.gov/details-as17-148-22727.html

The Blue Marble.
Original photo - https://images.nasa.gov/details-as17-148-22727.html

A closer look at the clouds, I wanted to take this opportunity to learn how to use flowmaps in Unreal.

A closer look at the clouds, I wanted to take this opportunity to learn how to use flowmaps in Unreal.

The shader respects the planet's position in relation to the sun. I am taking the sun vector direction to mask between the day and night versions of the planet.

The shader respects the planet's position in relation to the sun. I am taking the sun vector direction to mask between the day and night versions of the planet.

You can see the city lights. I sped up the effect here and it's not quite 1:1, but it does give the impression that the clouds are occluding the artificial lights.

You can see the city lights. I sped up the effect here and it's not quite 1:1, but it does give the impression that the clouds are occluding the artificial lights.

Shader setup for the planets

Shader setup for the planets

An homage to space travel. I made this scene in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing last week. I wanted to recreate some iconic photos of Earth that have been taken over the history of space exploration. All rendered in UE4. NASA released their entire media library to the public, and you can check it out here for more awesome space and earth photography, video and audio clips - https://images.nasa.gov/