A stunning and majestic view of the entire subcontinent of India looking north northeast, Ceylon, Maldive Islands, Arabian Sea left, Bay of Bengal right seen from an altitude of 380 nautical miles in this photograph taken with the Hasselblad SuperWide camera and its 38mm lens.
Gemini XI rose farther above the Earth’s surface on September 14, 1966, than men ever had gone before. The astronauts first realized how high they were when the whole subcontinent of India came into view. Commander Conrad was so impressed by “how small the world is” that the sight will always be one of his sharpest memories of the flight. When photographed, India’s whole coast was nearly cloudless. A small low-pressure system lay in the north, the wind was toward the shore on all coasts, and there for India’s people it was a pleasant sea breeze. (NASA SP-171, pg. 121)