The first image of Earth from space
Explorer 6, 1959
This is the first ever image of Earth taken from space. It was captured by the Explorer 6 satellite on 14 August 1959, from a height of about 27,000 kilometres (17,000 miles). Our capability to image Earth has certainly come a long way since then…
The first full-view of Earth
Apollo 17, 1972
In December 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 took the first ‘Blue Marble’ image of the entire planet Earth as they traveled back from the Moon with the Sun behind them illuminating our world.
Pale Blue Dot
Voyager 1, 1990
This famous image of the Earth (the small speck of light in the top sunbeam) was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from a distance of 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles) at the behest of the late astronomer Carl Sagan, who coined it the ‘Pale Blue Dot’.
Putting our planet in perspective
This amazing image was taken by the Galileo spacecraft as it flew by the Earth-Moon system on its way to Jupiter in 1992.
The Earth and the Moon together
NASA’s Messenger spacecraft took this image of the Earth and Moon from Mercury. The two are so close that they look somewhat like a binary star.