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Tartan Details - Earthrise

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Earthrise" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 10983
Designer: Sim, Steven Patrick
Tartan date: 24/12/2013
Registration date: 31 January 2014
Category: Commemorative
Restrictions: Yes. Designed for weaving by Bute Fabrics Ltd, Isle of Bute, and Lochcarron of Scotland, Selkirk. Weaving and tailoring is managed by the designer. Contact: Or visit

Registration notes: This tartan commemorates the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ photograph, taken from lunar orbit by astronaut William Anders on 24th December 1968, and was only made possible by a collaborative effort by all three Nasa crew members. The tartan celebrates the colour image which was declared by wilderness photographer Gallen Rowell as "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken". The geometry of the tartan depicts the Earth rising above the Moon's horizon. The numbers of threads of each colour have numerical significance: 10 dark blue threads pays tribute to the reading aloud of Genesis 1 verses 1-10 as read on the mission; 68 black threads for the year 1968. The 3 black stripes pay tribute to the crew: Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. The tartan's 6 colours and thread count of 147 threads recognise the mission length of 6 days, or 147 hours. Colours: the colours represent the Earth, Space and the Moon. Visit the registrant's website for the full rationale behind the design.
Registrant details: Mr Steven Patrick Sim, The Tartan Artisan, 55 Lordburn, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland, DD11 1JD
Tartan image: Earthrise. Click on this image to see a more detailed version.

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