Earth from the V-2, 1946. German V-2 rockets captured at the end of the war were brought to the USA and tested at White Sands, New Mexico. Some were sent up with cameras, and on 24 October 1946 produced this historic shot of the curvature of the Earth from 65 miles up. This was not the first photography to show the curved horizon, however. That was taken from the Explorer II balloon, 13 miles up, in 1935. The photo can be found in a supplement to National Geographic in May 1936. I have so far not been able to trace an original copy – can anyone out there help? E-mail the author
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(Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University).
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