The Earth, Apollo 15, 1971

The Earth, Apollo 15, 1971

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Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

NASA AS15-91-12343

“We’ve been taking turns looking at the Earth through the telescope. It’s a fantastic sight.” Dave Scott. “Of course, he is an experienced space traveller compared to the other two rookies on the flight. He flew on the near-disastrous Gemini 8 mission with Neil Armstrong and on Apollo 9. Although this is the first time he has seen the Earth from 60,000 kilometres, he has had time to reflect on the sights and sensations of space travel, whereas Jim Irwin and Al Worden are discovering them for the first time.” (Apollo Flight Journal).

This view of Earth was photographed by the Apollo 15 crewmen as they sped toward the fourth lunar landing. The spacecraft was between 25,000 and 30,000 nautical miles from Earth when this photo was made. The United States (note Florida), Central America and part of Canada can be seen at the left side of the picture, with South America at lower centre. Spain and the northwest part of Africa can be seen at right. The Bahamas Banks, unique geological feature, can be seen (different shade of blue) east of Florida. Also note large North Atlantic storm front moving over Greenland in upper centre.

About the Apollo 15 mission here

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