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An Earth observation satellite or Earth remote sensing satellite is a satellite used or designed for Earth observation (EO) from orbit, including spy satellites and similar ones intended for non-military uses such as environmental monitoring, meteorology, cartography and others. The most common type are Earth imaging satellites, that take satellite images, analogous to aerial photographs; some EO satellites may perform remote sensing without forming pictures, such as in GNSS radio occultation.

The first occurrence of satellite remote sensing can be dated to the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957. Sputnik 1 sent back radio signals, which scientists used to study the ionosphere. NASA launched the first American satellite, Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958. The information sent back from its radiation detector led to the discovery of the Earth's Van Allen radiation belts. The TIROS-1 spacecraft, launched on April 1, 1960 as part of NASA's Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) program, sent back the first television footage of weather patterns to be taken from space.

As of 2008, more than 150 Earth observation satellites were in orbit, recording data with both passive and active sensors and acquiring more than 10 terabits of data daily.

Most Earth observation satellites carry instruments that should be operated at a relatively low altitude. Altitudes below 500-600 kilometers are in general avoided, though, because of the significant air-drag at such low altitudes making frequent orbit reboost maneuvres necessary. The Earth observation satellites ERS-1, ERS-2 and Envisat of European Space Agency as well as the MetOp spacecraft of EUMETSAT are all operated at altitudes of about 800 km. The Proba-1, Proba-2 and SMOS spacecraft of European Space Agency are observing the Earth from an altitude of about 700 km. The Earth observation satellites of UAE, DubaiSat-1 & DubaiSat-2 are also placed in Low Earth Orbits (LEO) orbits and providing satellite imagery of various parts of the Earth.

To get (nearly) global coverage with a low orbit it must be a polar orbit or nearly so. A low orbit will have an orbital period of roughly 100 minutes and the Earth will rotate around its polar axis with about 25° between successive orbits, with the result that the ground track is shifted towards west with these 25° in longitude. Most are in Sun-synchronous orbits.

Spacecraft carrying instruments for which an altitude of 36000 km is suitable sometimes use a geostationary orbit. Such an orbit allows uninterrupted coverage of more than 1/3 of the Earth. Three geostationary spacecraft at longitudes separated with 120° can cover the whole Earth except the extreme polar regions. This type of orbit is mainly used for meteorological satellites.

Earth observation satellite Media

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S05-45-1830 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-45-1830 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Some views are cut off by a portion of the orbiter window frame. Sub... more

S08-50-1830 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-50-1830 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

S08-50-1840 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-50-1840 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. An active 5, 500 foot high volcano on Adonara Island in Indonesia ... more

S05-45-1840 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-45-1840 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Some views are cut off by a portion of the orbiter window frame. Sub... more

S09-46-1840 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-46-1840 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observation as seen by the STS-9 crew aboard the orbiter Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: Earth Obser... more

S09-46-1850 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-46-1850 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observation as seen by the STS-9 crew aboard the orbiter Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: Earth Obser... more

S08-50-1850 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-50-1850 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

AST-22-1850 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, Out of Focus, Black Sea

AST-22-1850 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, O...

The original database describes this as: Description: Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP),Out of Focus,Black Sea. Image taken on Revolution 135. Original Film Magazine: CX-13,Laboratory Roll 22; Camera Data: Hass... more

S05-45-1860 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-45-1860 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-37-1860 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1860 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S08-50-1860 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-50-1860 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

S09-37-1870 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1870 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S08-50-1870 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-50-1870 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

S09-37-1880 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1880 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S08-50-1880 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-50-1880 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

S08-50-1890 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-50-1890 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

S09-37-1890 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1890 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-37-1900 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1900 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S08-37-1900 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-37-1900 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

AST-23-1900 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, Clouds over Pacific Ocean

AST-23-1900 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, C...

The original database describes this as: Description: Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP),Clouds over Pacific Ocean. Image taken on Revolution 79. Original Film Magazine: CX-16,Laboratory Roll 23; Camera Data: Ha... more

S09-37-1910 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1910 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S08-37-1910 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8

S08-37-1910 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-8, CHALLENGER ... more

S09-37-1914 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1914 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-37-1919 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1919 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-37-1920 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1920 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-37-1930 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1930 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S09-37-1940 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1940 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1940 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1940 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia including: Salar Antofalla, Argentina. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATI... more

S08-37-1940 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-37-1940 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

S05-46-1945 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1945 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

S09-37-1945 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1945 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S08-37-1945 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-37-1945 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

S08-37-1950 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

S08-37-1950 - STS-008 - Earth observations taken during STS-8 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-8 mission from the space shuttle Challenger. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-8 Categories:... more

S09-37-1950 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

S09-37-1950 - STS-009 - Earth observations taken by the STS-9 crew

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-9 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: STS-9 EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) Categories: E... more

S05-46-1950 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

S05-46-1950 - STS-005 - Earth observations taken during STS-5 mission

The original finding aid described this as: Description: Earth observations taken during the STS-5 mission from the space shuttle Columbia. Subject Terms: EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE), STS-5, COLUMBIA (ORB... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Clouds

Mercury 1A Mission - Clouds

The original caption reads: View of clouds taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observations ... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Clouds

Mercury 1A Mission - Clouds

The original caption reads: View of clouds taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observations ... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Clouds

Mercury 1A Mission - Clouds

The original caption reads: View of clouds taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observations ... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Views

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Clouds

Mercury 1A Mission - Clouds

The original caption reads: View of clouds taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observations ... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

Mercury 1A Mission - Earth Observations

The original caption reads: Earth Observations taken during the Mercury Redstone 1A flight. A clock face is visible in the top left of the photo. Film type was 70mm Dupont Cronar. Categories: Earth Observatio... more

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