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How NASA Captured the First Full Photo of Earth Back in 1966

While we’re on the subject of photos of Earth, did you know that the first photo showing the entire planet was captured by an unmanned NASA orbiter from the moon back in 1966? To accomplish this, they had to come up with a camera that could expose, process, scan, and transmit film photographs — something “akin to a flying television station and photographic mini-lab”.

Here’s a short video by Kodak that gives us an interesting look at this amazing Lunar Orbiter Camera.

(via InsideScience via Boing Boing)


 
 
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  • AJ

    There’s a fascinating story behind the recent discovery of the original magnetic tapes of the data sent by those cameras, and recovering the data. Intersting lessions in data preservation, and you get an appreciation of how resourceful 1960′s engineers were working with available technology to pull of a huge task.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Orbiter_Image_Recovery_Project

  • AJ

    There’s a fascinating story behind the recent discovery of the original magnetic tapes of the data sent by those cameras, and recovering the data. Intersting lessions in data preservation, and you get an appreciation of how resourceful 1960′s engineers were working with available technology to pull of a huge task.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Orbiter_Image_Recovery_Project