Rare photos from the golden age of space exploration

February 24, 2015 10:23 AM

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The first color image of the Earth from outer space, taken in 1967. Bloomsbury wrote: “This rare image was taken from 18,000 miles with a black and white TV camera which took three photographs with red, green and blue filters to create the colour image. The small disc in front of the picture is a colour match card.” (US Air Force /Johns Hopkins University/Courtesy of Bloomsbury Auctions)

Apollo 11 lifting off in 1969. “You have to realize that the rocket had to go through the camera, in a sense,” Ralph Morse, the photographer, said. “It had to go through the camera’s field of view. It took me two years to get NASA to agree to let me make this shot.” (Ralph Morse/Courtesy of Bloomsbu...

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