The First Photograph of the Earth from the Moon

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 23, 2010 in Science |

One of the first two remote images of Earth from the distance of the Moon, August 23, 1966.

I hate to use up the bandwidth on this site but do yourself a favor and look at the photos on this page at full size to really appreciate them: This first photograph of the Earth as seen from the moon was taken on this day in 1966 by the Lunar Orbiter 1 spacecraft. The real purpose of the mission was to scout out he moon for the Apollo program, but what makes this image amazing to me is that it’s the first time in history that the human race is looking back on themselves from another world. In 2008 the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project went back to the data from that voyage and produced this enhanced image which is nothing short of amazing:

Part of the photo above as reprocessed in 2008.

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