The Most Mind-Blowing Images Ever Taken of Earth from Space

Hard to believe, but this photo of Earth, captured on October 24, 1946, was taken 11 years before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik to low Earth orbit. 

NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 was the first spacecraft in history to capture a view of Earth from the vicinity of the Moon, which it did on August 23, 1966. The orbiter took the image during its 16th lunar orbit, transmitting the photo to NASA’s tracking station at Robledo De Chavela near Madrid, Spain.

This iconic view of Earth, with the rugged lunar landscape in the foreground, was captured on December 24, 1968 during the crewed Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. 

This is one of the most recognizable photos of Earth. Taken by the Apollo 17 crew on December 7, 1972, it shows our home planet in all its majestic glory.

Voyager 1's famous Pale Blue Dot, taken on February 14, 1990, remains the farthest view of Earth ever taken by a spacecraft. The NASA probe was 3.7 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) from the Sun at the time. 

Behold the first image taken of Earth from the surface of another planet. NASA’s Spirit rover took the mosaic photo from Mars in early 2004.

This epic mosaic image was captured by Cassini’s wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras on July 19, 2013. 

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