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First view of Earth from space in October 1946

29 Oct

On October 24, 1946 – long before the cold war, space race, or even satellites – humanity gleaned its first view of home from orbital altitude:

The first photo from space was taken on October 24, 1946 atop a V2 rocket

The first photo from space was taken on October 24, 1946 atop a V2 rocket

This photo was taken using a 35mm television camera that was attached to a V2 rocket that was launched from New Mexico.

Following the end of World War 2, and the Allies capturing German technology, this rocket was used for science rather than destruction.

Here’s the original newsreel of this V2 flight from October 1946:

It’s important to note though that this image, while being the first from orbital altitude, is not the first image from orbit – since the V2 rocket in this flight never actually went into orbit. It simply went straight up – 105 km straight up – and then straight back down.

Nevertheless seeing our blue marble (or black and white marble, as the case may be) from such a perspective was an important milestone. Nowadays, a significant number of our satellites are actually pointed back down towards Earth, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station spend a significant amount of their time likewise observing Earth.

This perspective is a meaningful one and helps us to better understand how our planet actually works. For more on this, check out an awesome website: The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, hosted by NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

NASA Johnson Style (and Lyrics)

18 Dec

First there was We’re NASA and We Know It, now we have NASA Johnson Style.

It’s a spoof of Gangnam Style, and it’s awesome. Good on JSC (Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas) for putting this together. And good on the administrators, staff, and real-life astronauts for participating in the video.

The video was done by JSC Pathways Interns, and they did a great job! You can read more about it by clicking here.

“NASA Johnson Style” Lyrics:

NASA Johnson Style
Johnson Style

Welcome to NASA’s Johnson Space Center
We are coming in hot so don’t burn up as we enter
We do science everyday that affects your daily life
Throw them up for manned space flight

Science everywhere
As we engineer the marvels
That fly though the air
And take us way beyond earth’s levels

Science everywhere
Because we engineer the marvels
That fly though the air
Flys us through the air

Control the mission out of Johnson
This is ground, hey!
And this is space, hey!
Tell me Houston what’s the problem
It’s okay!
It’s okay!
Because there’s flight controllers on the job today

NASA Johnson STYLE!
Johnson STYLE!
NA, NA, NA, NA NASA Johnson STYLE!
Johnson STYLE!
NA, NA, NA, NA NASA Johnson STYLE!
EYYYYYY science daily!
NA, NA, NA, NA, NASA STYLE!
EYYYYYY it’s amazing!
NA, NA, NA, NA ey ey ey ey ey ey!!
Orbiting earth, international space station
Where we work and live in space with a crew from several nations
Got Japanese, and Russians, that European charm
Throw them up, like the Canada Arm

Kicking out research
29k cubic feet, revolves around the earth
Science microgravity, revolves around the earth
Columbus, JEM, and Destiny
Kicking out research
Kicking out research

Train the astronauts at Johnson
To go to space, hey!
To go to space, hey!
Cause the missions of tomorrow
Start today, hey!
Start today, hey!
As we engineer the future day by day

NASA Johnson STYLE!
Johnson STYLE!
NA, NA, NA, NA NASA Johnson STYLE!
Johnson STYLE!
NA, NA, NA, NA NASA Johnson STYLE!
EYYYYYY science daily!
NA, NA, NA, NA, NASA STYLE!
EYYYYYY it’s amazing!
NA, NA, NA, NA ey ey ey ey ey ey!!

Orion or SLS, MPCV
We cannot feel the floor, cause the lack gravity
The destinations are an asteroid, mars, or moon
We are blasting off start the countdown soon
[Sound clip: launch countdown]

EYYYYYY science daily!
NA, NA, NA, NA, NASA STYLE!
EYYYYYY it’s amazing!
NA, NA, NA, NA ey ey ey ey ey ey!!
NASA Johnson Style