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The First Photo of the Earth Seen from the Moon

Little known history of an image of inimitable appeal

Credit: NASA — The original image, grainy like a page printed by a fax, taken by Lunar Orbiter I on August 23, 1966

Many think that astronauts from the Apollo missions took the first photos of the Earth seen from the Moon. But that’s not the case. Those photos were taken a few years earlier by robotic probes of the Lunar Orbiter series.

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Astronomy, Cosmology, Astrobiology, Space Exploration, Science Fiction, Technology

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Michele Diodati

Michele Diodati

Science writer with a lifelong passion for astronomy and comparisons between different scales of magnitude.

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