A Gorgeous Photo of Earth Taken in 1967 from 18,000 km Away


This beautiful photograph of Earth was taken from an altitude of 18,000 kilometers (11,185 miles), by an automatic camera which was on the Apollo 4. Antarctica appears at the top of the crescent, with the northwest coast of Africa noticeable at the bottom.

Apollo 4 was the first uncrewed test flight of the Saturn V launch, the type used by the U.S. Apollo program to send the first astronauts to the Moon.


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