View of Earth from Apollo 4

View of Earth from Apollo 4

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Earth as viewed from 10,000 miles. In 1967, the Apollo 4 (Spacecraft 017/Saturn 501) unmanned test flight made a great ellipse around Earth as a test of the translunar motors and of the high speed entry required of a human flight returning from the moon. A 70mm camera was programmed to look out a window toward Earth, and take a series of photographs from « high apogee ». Coastal Brazil, Atlantic Ocean, West Africa, Antarctica, looking west. This photograph was made when the Apollo 4 spacecraft, still attached to the S-IVB (third) stage, was orbiting Earth at an altitude of 9,544 miles.

Image Number: AS04-01-580
Date: November 9, 1967

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