29 05, 2022

APOLLO REFLECTIONS FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

2022-08-04T05:50:40+00:00Categories: Apollo, Apollospace Presents, Earth, Films, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Apollo Reflections

We continue to work on production of our feature film, “Apollo Reflections”, a feature length documentary featuring the reflections of Apollo Astronauts, other spacefarers, scientists, artists, and others who were part of, witnessed, have a connection to, and were inspired by the Apollo missions to the Moon, with an anticipated release date in 2023. Here is a promo for the film.

Overview:

When I was a kid, anything was possible. We reached for the stars and touched the moon, and on the way discovered Earth, our home. When I reflect on Apollo, I think of our home. I think of heroes and humanity, the quest for knowledge and the need to explore. New perspectives and inspiration. What does Apollo mean? What can it tell us about ourselves and our place in the universe, 50 years ago, and today? This film answers these questions. And more.

On December 21, 1968, just days after my sixth birthday, humanity first left […]

22 03, 2022

Earth From Space IV – A Distant World

2022-03-23T17:56:00+00:00Categories: Earth|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A Distant World

Voyager I view of Earth and Moon. Credit NASA/JPL

At top is a photograph from the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn, approximately 900 million miles from Earth, showing Earth just below the rings on July 19, 2013. Above, the first full-disk picture of both the Earth and the Moon as seen by Voyager I on September 18, 1977. Voyager 1 snapped this picture approximately 7.25 million miles from Earth. This was the first image to show both the full Earth and Moon in the same frame.

Robotic spacecraft have ventured deep into space, far more distant than human beings have yet travelled, allowing a perspective that we could previously only imagine. The Voyager I spacecraft was the first to image the Earth and Moon together on its way out to Jupiter and Saturn, the first probe to visit those planets, and […]

17 03, 2022

Earth From Space III – Discovering Earth

2022-03-23T16:04:50+00:00Categories: Earth, Moon|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Discovering Earth

Earthrise from Apollo 8, AS08-14-2383. Image Credit: NASA/JSC/ASU/Apollospace

“We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth” – Bill Anders, Apollo 8, “Earthrise” photographer

Above, the first photograph of an Earthrise in black and white, and moments later, the first color photograph of Earthrise as seen with human eyes.

On December 21, 1968 humanity left the comforting confines of home on a journey to Earth’s nearest neighbor. On their way, the Apollo 8 astronauts came to see all that has ever been as a thumbnail in endless space. The first photograph of the whole Earth as seen by human beings appears below. Most of South America is visible at bottom center. North America (upper left) is mostly obscured by clouds, with Florida and Mexico visible. Upper right is western […]

15 03, 2022

Earth From Space II – The Whole Earth

2022-03-23T18:29:10+00:00Categories: Earth|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Whole Earth

ATS-1 First view of Earth and Moon from Space ATS-1 414588 (NASA)

Following the toe-dip into space provided by the early V-2 rocket photography of Earth, twenty years later, on December 7, 1966 (63 years to the day after the first flight of Kitty Hawk), the Applications Technology Satellite 1 (ATS-1) was launched – the first experimental geostationary satellite and the Earth started to take shape. The first (near) full-disk pictures of the Earth from a geostationary orbit were taken on December 11, 1966. The image above showing the Earth and Moon together in space for the first time, and below, the nearly full Earth with North America appearing upper right with the Southwest US, Mexico, and Baja California clearly visible… 

ATS-1 Nearly […]

12 03, 2022

Earth From Space I – First Photographs From Space

2022-03-23T18:14:45+00:00Categories: Earth|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

First Photograph of Earth from Space, 1946

First photo of the Earth from Space. Image Credit: Department of Defense, Department of the Army 1946

When I think about space, I think of Earth. The pinnacle of the space program has been seeing the Earth from space and gaining a perspective of our place in the universe impossible otherwise. By reaching for the heavens, we came to see ourselves. We found home. The first image of Earth from space stands as a crowning achievement of humankind’s quest for understanding, borne, ironically, from humanity’s darkest nature.

During World War II, Germany developed the V-2 rocket to rain terror and death upon Britain. When the war ended in 1945, the United States captured hundreds of the V-2s and brought them back to the United States and White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico for testing.

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