35 years ago today, Voyager 1 transmitted three images which NASA processed into a single frame of Earth and its moon
. [more inside]
In a recent episode
of Mad Men
titled "Lady Lazarus
," Pete Campbell has an existential crisis when he sees a picture of the Earth from space, but were there color pictures of the whole Earth in October 1966? First some background... [more inside]
The Blue Marble
is a famous photograph of Earth, taken by the crew of Apollo 17 on December 7th 1972, as they traveled to the moon.
On January 23th, 2012, the Suomi NPP satellite
snapped a similar, high definition photo, called Blue Marble 2012
. By sure to check out the other side of the Marble
, how the photos were taken
and a PDF that describes the NPP project
Knowing that Sputnick went up in 1957, when would you guess the first photo from space
was taken? If your answer is "more than 10 years earlier", you'd be right
. (Previously 1 and 2)
A Moment on Earth
: hundreds of pictures of different places on earth, all taken at exactly the same time (Flash Based).
On August 5th, 2004 at 12:00 Noon GMT, 60 filmmakers in over 40 countries and on all 7 continents captured a single "moment" on earth. The results were used to build a composite image of Iraq and the Pacific Ocean. By hovering over the composite image, the individual frames of the mosiac can be viewed along with details about the individual pictures.