Early images of earth from space

Everyone knows the famous images of earth rise taken from the moon, but I surprised to run across this earlier amazing 1955 image from space. They pieced it together from a bunch of snapshots automatically shot though a pinhole in the side of a rocket as it rotated at its apex and fell back to earth.

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Also cool is this first TV image from the space.

For a sense of our progress in extraterrestrial photography, compare these with the incredibly high-res images from the Suomi satellite released earlier this year.

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