A great photograph of Donn Eisele in the first manned Apollo spacecraft.

The Apollo 7 mission signaled a new potential for on-board space photography, made possible by the relative spaciousness of the Apollo Command Module. For the first time, cameramen were free to move about the cabin and select framing and perspective.

“On Apollo 7, we had more film, and more time to kill. The Gemini spacecraft wasn’t so spacious inside that you could get a good picture without a superwide-angle lens. But with the Apollo spacecraft, you had room to get some distance or depth of field. So we started studying the spacecraft contents, where before we had been fascinated by the view outside.”

—Walter Schirra (Schick and Van Haaften, pg. 21)