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First space photo of Earth taken 45 years ago

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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.

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