The First Photo of the Earth Taken from Space

Space photography and Earth photography are big topics nowadays and life of any dweller of a big city would have been impossible without them. However, back in the old days it wasn't like that. Let's find out when the era of Earth and space photography started and how exactly it happened.

Back in the 1940's no one had the slightest idea about space and nobody thought or planned going to space. The technology needed for these purposes was underdeveloped and scarce, too. However, there was one country that cherished dreams of going to the space and it was Nazi Germany with its V-2 long-range guided ballistic missiles.

After the fall of Nazi Germany in the World War 2, the allied states divided the wealths of the defeated enemy and the US army grabbed a large number of V-2 missiles and the development team that participated in this project headed by Freiherr von Braun. 

Von Braun's team continued their development in the US, trying to improve the technology, and was sending the existing rockets into the space for testing. A member of the development team called Clyde Holliday was interested in photography, unlike his fellow colleagues, and developed a 35mm camera that was taking a photo every second and a half.

The idea to mount it onto the rocket and send it into the space—which happened in 1946—appeared suddenly but later on it created a revolution in how photography and its aims were perceived. When National Geography published the photos in 1950, Clyde Holliday said that this is "how our Earth would look to visitors from another planet coming in on a space ship."

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