History of the Pale Blue Dot

Discovery News has a gallery of photographs of the Earth, taken from various distances, from the 1946 film shot at 65 miles up to Voyager's 1990 image from 4 billion miles away. The image here of the Earth rising over the moon's horizon was taken from around 250,000 miles away, during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. It just happens to be my favorite. Link -via Not Exactly Rocket Science

(Image credit: NASA)


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When I was a kid, my dad worked for Boeing Aerospace and was always bringing home cool stuff that was just being tossed out. One of my prized posessions was an original photograph print from NASA of the first picture of the Earth taken from deep space (by the Lunar Orbiter 1). Sadly, this, along with lots of other amazing or one-of-a-kind promotional posters and original "artists conception" paintings related to Boeing contracts of that era were lost in a house fire. I have always wondered what, if anything, that picture and some of the other stuff I had on my bedroom walls would be worth today... The photo I am talking about can be seen here - - I am kind of surprised it is not included in this article. http://www.livescience.com/15706-earth-photo-snapped-45-years.html
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