Taking a photo of one’s own planet is no easy feat, but in 1966 it was done for the first time. NASA
needed to find a viable landing spot on the moon prior to the Apollo
missions. To achieve this, they sent up unmanned spacecraft on a
photographic trip around the Moon. It was on this trip that the first
image of our entire planet from deep space was taken.
The instantly recognizable photo of the Earth rising above the moon’s
horizon was taken on August 23, 1966. The camera system onboard took up
a third of the Lunar Orbiter and allowed 70mm film to be exposed,
developed, and processed automatically. The camera system was outfitted
with two lenses, one of which took wide angle shots at medium
resolution while the other took high resolution images with details as
small as five meters.
Space photography is quite
possibly the most beautiful and awe-inspiring photography there is. That
photo taken in 1966 changed the way we looked at our planet forever.
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From our beloved revelation, The Urantia Book:
20:5.5 Understanding more about the
bestowal Sons, you discern why so much interest attaches to Urantia in
the history of Nebadon. Your small and insignificant planet is of local
universe concern simply because it is the mortal home world of Jesus
of Nazareth. It was the scene of the final and triumphant bestowal of
your Creator Son, the arena in which Michael won the supreme personal
sovereignty of the universe of Nebadon.