Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The Blue Marble Shot

This iconic picture, taken during the outward journey of the Apollo 17 moon shot, is 40 years old. This was the first time any space crew had been able to see the whole world. To get this picture you have to be over 20,000 miles away, only 24 humans have ever travelled that far. All three of the crew claimed they took it. The claim has never been resolved.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing to think thatthose microbes down there are US!!
Sue

Mike and Poppy said...

Morning Maffi.

I think that Earthrise is an equally iconic photograph. Earthrise was captured on Christmas Eve in 1968 by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission whilst in orbit round the moon.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_102.html

Regards.

Mick

Maffi said...

Very true Crew, however, many of the moon shot crews were able to take pictures like that. The Blue Marble Shot was the first time that the whole earth had been taken by a human. That makes it all the more special.

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Maffi said...

I will allow you your plug for the FFS.

The photograph was taken with a Haselblad that was available to any one at the time. It was not developed for the space program.