From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs | 26 February 2015

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Clyde Holliday, - The first photograph from space, 24 october 1946

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Est: £800–1000

Clyde Holliday,

The first photograph from space, 24 october 1946

Vintage gelatin silver print, 16 x 20.2cm, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) stamp and caption for press release dated 20 November 1946 stuck on verso, together with three other vintage gelatin silver prints, each ca.16 x 20.2cm, showing the Earth from 30, 45 and 60 miles up respectively, each with APL stamp on verso. (4)
“The horizon as photographed at an altitude of 65 miles. At this point the camera was theoretically 720 miles from the horizon and the picture shows 40,000 square miles of space”, 24 October 1946 (APL caption)

Before 1946, the highest pictures ever taken of the Earth’s surface were from the Explorer II balloon which had ascended 13.7 miles in 1935. The official boundary of space is the Karman line which lies at an altitude of 62.5 miles (100 km). This historic photograph was taken by a 35-mm camera developped by Clyde Holliday of the APL and fitted on the 13th V-2 missile launched from the White Sands Missile Range.
This is "how our Earth would look to visitors from another planet coming in on a spaceship" wrote Clyde Holliday in National Geographic in 1950.

From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs

Thursday 26 February 2015, 10.30am

Bloomsbury London
Bloomsbury House
24 Maddox Street
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