You think your cottage selfies are impressive? You ain’t got nothing on this! It was 45 years ago yesterday (oops, we’re a day late) that scientists and engineers produced the very first images of our planet from deep space.
On August 23, 1966, NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photo of Earth from the moon’s orbit, and it forever changed how we see our home planet.
Pictures of Earth from space had been taken before, by rockets in the 1940s, and satellites in the 1950s and 1960s. However, those pictures captured just parts of Earth, as opposed to a full-on view of the planet.