First Photo Earth from Space
Photo credit: UniladTech
The White Sands rocket, officially called V-2 No. 13, was basically a modified V-2 rocket that became the first man-made object to take a photograph of the Earth from outer space. It was launched on October 24, 1946 at the White Sands Missile Range in White Sands, New Mexico, and the rocket reached a maximum altitude of 65-miles. Read more for a video and additional information.



The famous photographs were captured with a DeVry 35 mm black-and-white motion picture camera attached to the rocket. For those unfamiliar with the V-2, it was the world’s first long-range guided ballistic missile, powered by a liquid-propellant rocket engine. It was developed during WW2 in Germany as a “vengeance weapon”, assigned to attack Allied cities as retaliation for the Allied bombings against German cities.

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