Earthrise

The Earth in colour, 1954.

Colour photography had become common in post-war America, but rocket scientists preferred black-and-white for technical reasons. In October 1954 however a small colour movie camera was mounted on an Aerobee sounding rocket, producing this montage of 116 photographs of North America from Nebraska to the Pacific. The camera exaggerates the curve of the Earth.

(Smithsonian Institution).