U.S. V-2 Rocket Takes First Picture of Earth from Space


On Oct. 25, 1946 — A captured V-2 rocket launched from the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range, N.M., takes the first ever picture of the Earth from space. The rocket was fitted with a 35mm camera that took pictures every 1.5 seconds and reached an altitude of more than 65 miles. The launch is part of the Small Steps Program to take pictures from space. Before the rocket launch, highest altitude images of the planet were taken from the Explorer II ballon that in 1935 reached a record manned height of 13.7 miles.

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