From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs | 26 February 2015
Clyde Holliday - The first photograph of the curvature of the Earth, July 1948
Sold for £400
The first photograph of the curvature of the Earth, July 1948
Vintage gelatin silver print, 19.2 x 24.7cm, US Navy caption printed in purple on verso.
On 26 July 1948, Clyde Holliday of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) assembled over 200 photographs taken by an automatic camera on a V-2 some sixty miles up. A separate set of photographs was taken from a Navy Aerobee rocket seventy miles up just over an hour later. After three months' work of matching and stitching, the two dramatic panoramas on the image were released on 19 October. "Columbus was right!", was the popular newspaper headline and the more obviously panoramic picture was accepted as “man's first view of the curvature of the Earth”.
See "Earthrise", pp59-61, illus.11
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