A Glimpse of Home: The First-Ever Photograph of Earth Taken from the Moon

On August 23, 1966, the world received its first-ever photograph of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the moon's vicinity. The Lunar Orbiter I captured this image during its 16th orbit around the moon. During that time, amidst the fervor of the Space Race, NASA's Lunar Orbiter program aimed to photograph and map the lunar surface in preparation for future manned missions.

Black and white photo of the surface of the moon with the Earth seen in the background. - History By Mail

The photograph, transmitted back to Earth, was received at the NASA tracking station located at Robledo De Chavela near Madrid, Spain.


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