Taken from a captured German V2 rocket fired into the edge of space from the White Sands testing station in New Mexico by Werner von Braun and the US military rocketry research group, this photo seems a bit grainy compared to the current lush photos from the space station or high res satellites such as PLEIADES and Digital Globe. It remains however a historic piece, and a direct ancestor of so many of the photos we share and comment on here on TES, so I felt it had to be acknowledged as the original source of much rich enjoyment.
From top to bottom, historic photos of Earth taken from Space. The first: taken with a 35mm camera attached to a V2 rocket, launched above New Mexico in 1946. The last: a high-quality colour image of Earth, taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) in July 2016.