The morning sun reflects on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as seen from the Apollo 7 spacecraft at an altitude of 120 nautical miles above Earth. Most of Florida peninsula appears as a dark silhouette. This photograph was made during the spacecraft's 134th revolution of Earth, some 213 hours and 19 minutes after liftoff. [NASA caption]
“One of my favorite pictures is one where the light reflects off the peninsula of Florida. I call it the ‘Victory at Sea’ effect.”
—Walter Schirra (Schick and Van Haaften, pg. 85)
“Everything came together on day nine, and we found ourselves looking at the Florida Peninsula, which had been our home for much of the preceding three years. Grabbing the Hasselblad camera. I perpetrated a photographic no-no, taking this picture looking into the Sun.”
—Walter Cunningham (Jacobs, pg. 27)
From the mission transcript when the photograph was taken:
There’s a beautiful sight today. The Sun’s lighting up the whole Gulf of Mexico. [Pause]
We can see Lake Okeechobee from here. [Pause]
Houston, Apollo 7.
Roger. Go ahead, 7.
Roger. There’s a beautiful lighten E [garble] around here. [...]
It looks like a beautiful day all the way from - beginning with the Gulf Coast on around to the tip of Florida. [...]
That’s one of the most spectacular sights I’ve seen, just now, all the way across the States. You can see the whole Florida peninsula lit up by the sunrays. It’s morning, of course, all the way from the west coast, all the way across the Gulf Coast.
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