Seventy years ago, humans had never seen Earth from space. According to the Smithsonian Institute, the first picture of the blue and green planet was taken in 1946 from the back of a rocket launched 65 miles into the air. When the rocket crashed back into the desert a few minutes later, soldiers and scientists were treated to a film roll filled with grainy, black-and-white photos of the planet.
In 1950, National Geographic published the “V-2 Rocket-Eye View From 60 Miles Up” - http://media.airspacemag.com/images/V2-panorama.jpg - which included a variety of panoramic photos taken in 1948 stitched together to form the horizon.
Science and space exploration have come a long way since the 40’s, but today’s photos and video of our planet can be just as astonishing to a 21st century audience as those 35mm photos were to the people of 1946.
NOVA is presenting Earth from Space at 9pm Wednesday, Feb. 13, on CET and ThinkTV16. In this special two-hour NOVA, created in partnership with NASA, viewers will get an up-close and personal look at what our planet really looks like and how the intricate web of forces sustains life on Earth. Join us to see how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon, how a vast submarine “waterfall” off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents and how the sun’s rays can cause a hurricane.
(Left: One of the first photos of Earth from space. Right: Image from NOVA: Earth from Space.)
Get more information and watch a preview here: http://www.cetconnect.org/programming/nova-earth-space or http://www.thinktv.org/onair/programs/featured/nova-earth-space.