7 of the most iconic photos of Earth taken from space

This classic photograph of Earth was taken on December 7, 1972 by the crew of Apollo 17.Nasa

  • It wasn’t until 1946 that humans first saw what Earth looked like from space.

  • These iconic images of our planet now include “Blue Marble”, “Pale Blue Dot” and “Earthrise”.

  • The farthest is that of the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which captured Earth 3.7 billion kilometers away.

The first photo of Earth seen from space, taken just 65 miles above our planet

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The first snapshot of Earth from space captured by a camera at an altitude of 65 miles, just above the edge of spaceUS Army White Sands Missile Range / Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

On October 24, 1946, 11 years before the launch of Sputnik I, a 35mm motion picture camera aboard a V-2 rocket captured a grainy black-and-white photo of Earth. This is the first image of our planet seen from space.

The image was taken at an altitude of 65 miles, just above the Karman Line, which is the boundary between the atmosphere and outer space.

No astronauts were on board the rocket – the camera automatically took a photo every 1.5 seconds. The film miraculously survived the planned crash landing of the missile.

The first televised image from space, taken 450 miles above Earth

Image taken on April 1, 1960 by TIROS 1. It was the first television image of the Earth seen from space.

Image taken on April 1, 1960 by TIROS 1. It was the first television image of the Earth seen from space.Nasa

On April 1, 1960, the Television and Infrared Observation Satellite or TIROS-1 – the world’s first successful weather satellite – sent the first-ever television image of Earth from space. The image revealed a blurry picture of the thick bands and clusters of clouds from our earthly home.

The “blue marble”, taken 29,000 kilometers from Earth

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This classic photograph of Earth was taken on December 7, 1972 by the crew of Apollo 17.Nasa

The “Blue Marble” is an image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972 as the Apollo 17 crew headed for the moon. It’s a detailed image of our planet, set against the inky black void of space. Africa and Madagascar can be seen in the frame, along with the Arabian Peninsula and Antarctica.

This prompted astronauts to experience the “Bird’s-eye View Effect”, which NASA describes as: “the impact of looking at Earth from above, and how that can create a change in the way astronauts see and think our planet and life itself”.

The ‘Earthrise’ as Earth peeks over the moon, 275,000 kilometers above the planet’s surface

A view of Earth from the Moon captured by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders in 1968.Nasa

On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts witnessed an “Earthrise” as our planet peeked above the rugged lunar surface.

“We’ve come all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we found Earth,” said astronaut Bill Anders, who took the photo. Nasa.

Orion takes a snapshot of the Earth and Moon from 268,563 miles away

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Orion, the moon and Earth as the spacecraft reaches its furthest point from our planet.Nasa

On Nov. 28, NASA shared a photo taken by the Artemis I spacecraft that shows both Earth and the Moon in the background. Orion took the snapshot around its maximum distance from Earth of 268,563 miles.

Artemis I is the first NASA program mission to land astronauts on the Moon and eventually Mars.

Earth, seen from the dark side of Saturn, 898 million kilometers away

Saturn's Cassini Spacecraft Earth and Moon

Earth and Moon from Saturn’s Cassini spacecraft, taken July 19, 2013.NASA/JPL-Caltech/Institute of Space Sciences

The Cassini spacecraft took a picture of Earth from the dark side of Saturn on July 19, 2013. The image is called “The Day Earth Smiled” because of a campaign to bring smiles to earthlings in the void in unison.

“This might be a day, I thought, when all of Earth’s inhabitants, in unison, could let out a full-throated cosmic cry and smile a big smile for the cameras from far, far away,” Carolyn Porco, the chef from the Cassini imaging team who designed the photoshoot, wrote in June 2013.

An iconic image of our “pale blue dot”, taken from 3.7 billion kilometers away

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The “Pale Blue Dot”, a photograph of the Earth taken on February 14, 1990 by NASA’s Voyager 1 at a distance of 3.7 billion kilometers from the sun.NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Voyager 1 spacecraft captured the “Pale Blue Dot” image nearly 4 billion miles away on February 14, 1990.

It’s an iconic image of Earth in a scattered ray of sunlight, and it’s the most distant view of Earth ever taken by a spacecraft.

“Look again at this dot. This is here. This is our home. This is us,” said astronomer Carl Sagan. said.

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