March 22, 2023

On This Day in Space! Oct. 24, 1946: V-2 Rocket Takes 1st Photos of Earth from Space

On October 24, 1946, a V-2 rocket captured the first-ever picture of Earth from area. While these grainy, black-and-white images might not look like much today, they were a big deal at the time, since nobody had actually ever seen Earth from area prior to. The V-2 rocket introduced from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. It brought a 35-millimeter movie electronic camera that captured a brand-new frame every 2nd and a half. The rocket soared to an elevation of about 65 miles prior to falling back to Earth. This photo is the very first view of Earth from space taken by a camera on a U.S. Army V-2 rocket launched from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on Oct. 24, 1946. (Image credit: U.S. Army) Both the video camera and the rocket were destroyed after crashing into the Earth at a speed of about 340 mph. However the film endured since it was safeguarded inside a steel case. Researchers needed to drive out into the New Mexico desert to obtain the movie. When they saw the images for the very first time, the scientists were literally jumping up and down with joy.Catch up on our whole “On This Day In Space” series on YouTube with this playlist. On This Day in Space Archive! Still insufficient space? Dont forget to have a look at our Space Image of the Day, and on the weekends our Best Space Photos and Top Space News Stories of the week. Email Hanneke Weitering at [email protected] or follow her @hannekescience. Follow us @Spacedotcom and on Facebook..