As most Americans slept in the predawn hours of August 8, 1967, NASA’s Lunar Orbiter V spacecraft trained its telephoto lens on the sunlit side of the Earth and made this first photograph of the nearly full Planet from 214,806 miles away. Lunar Orbiter V was about 3,640 miles above the surface of the Moon. The area of the Earth covered extends from 14° W longitude to the eastern terminator about 135° E longitude, a total of about 150° or approximately 5/6 of the full hemisphere. It will provide scientists with additional information on the amount of light reflected by a nearly full-Earth.
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“To the philosopher, this picture is close to man’s soul, since it allows him to look back upon his own world, and thus fosters the feeling of man’s emancipation from the bounds of Earth. Perhaps to most of us the interest is due to human vanity, which dictates that self-portraits are always the best portraits.”

—Lee Scherer, Lunar Orbiter program manager (Cortright, pg. 114)