First View of Earth From Moon

First View of Earth From Moon

On August 23, 1966, the world received its first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the Lunar Orbiter I unmanned robotic spacecraft and received at the NASA tracking station at Robledo De Chavela near Madrid, Spain. The image was taken during the spacecraft’s 16th orbit. Lunar Orbiter I was part of the NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Program, and was the first American spacecraft to orbit the Moon. This probe took a second such image on August 25. Image: NASA

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