15 03, 2022

Earth From Space II – In Living Color

2023-01-12T07:20:38+00:00Categories: Earth|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In Living Color

Following the first black and white photographs of Earth from space taken from the V-2 rockets, on October 5, 1954, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) launched an Aerobee sounding rocket from the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico. On board were two 16mm movie cameras peering out small holes, one with black and white film and the other with color film.

On October 5, 1954, an Aerobee rocket carrying two 16 mm movie cameras (including one with color film) captured the first color images of Earth from space, including images of a tropical storm over the state of Texas. 117 images from an altitude of 100 miles were used to create this photomosaic of the Earth from space in natural color for the first time. Credit: U. S. Navy / […]

12 03, 2022

Earth From Space I – First Photographs From Space

2022-12-17T20:47:57+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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