Seattle Photographer Daniel Sheehan's Photo Blog

The Earth As First Seen From The Moon

This photograph is the first image ever taken of the Earth from the Moon.

When I was young and the first photographs from our space missions began to appear, I was fasinated by their mystery and grace. Science fiction was one of my passions then. When the Whole Earth Catalog began to publish, they used this image below to capture out attention and it is really our generation that had been the first to witness such sights.

Earth Rise from Apollo 8 in Orbit around the Moon

I like to check in on a blog called Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer, by Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)

Here is what they say about the photo on top.

Pictured at the top of this post is the first image ever taken of the Earth from the Moon. The image was taken in 1966 by Lunar Orbiter 1 and heralded by then-journalists as the Image of the Century. It was taken about two years before the Apollo 8 crew snapped its more famous color cousin the photo above. Recently Recently, modern technology has allowed the recovery of higher resolution images from old data sources such as Lunar Orbiter tapes than ever before. Specifically, recovery of the above image was initiated 20 years ago by Nancy Evans, and completed recently by Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing who lead the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Images like that above carry more than aesthetic value — comparison to recent high definition images of the Moon enables investigations into how the Moon has been changing.

Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in editorial photography and portrait photography for publications and corporations, and a Seattle wedding photographer with an unobtrusive, story-telling approach, creating award winning wedding photojournalism, is ranked one the best Seattle wedding photographers by the National Association of Wedding Photojournalists.


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