This month marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Lunar Orbiter 1. It was the first of five Lunar Orbiters intended to photograph the Moon’s surface to aid in the selection of future landing sites for the Apollo missions. The spacecraft’s camera captured the data used in this restored version of the first image of Earth from the Moon taken on 23 August, 1966. Hanging in the sky above the lunar surface, Earth appears to be setting beyond the rugged lunar horizon from the perspective of the orbiting spacecraft.
Image Credit: NASA