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Taken by a Camera Aboard the Satellite ATS 3

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American & European Works of Art - 3048M
Date / Time :
November 02, 2017 10:00AM


Taken by a Camera Aboard the Satellite ATS 3
The first color photograph of the full planet Earth, Satellite ATS 3, November 10, 1967. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 3/4 x 8 5/8 in. (19.5 x 21.8 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Subtle crack or similar u.c., minor wear at u.l. and l.l. corners of sheet.

N.B. After the roaring success of the satellite ATS 1 which transmitted the first black and white detailed photographs of the whole Earth with its "spin-scan cloud camera," Dr. Verner Suomi developed a color camera for ATS 3, launched in November 1967 and sent into an equatorial geostationary orbit (22,236 miles above the Earth) which was to take one of the most iconic photographs in the history of space exploration. This unprecedented photograph showed North and South America, part of Africa and Europe, as well as the southern part of the Greenland ice cap, and Antarctica covered with clouds. The original NASA caption for the photograph was uncharacteristically poetic: 'The photo shows the entire disk of the Earth, a cloud-covered globe in the blackness of space.' The photograph was to become a symbol of the counterculture movement as the cover illustration of the 1968 Whole Earth Catalog. Twenty-four Apollo astronauts from 1968 to 1972 were the only men to witness their planet as a sphere in space.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

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Kodak, Greenland, ATS-3, Color photography, Communications satellites, Earth, Economy of the United States, Spacecraft, Verner E. Suomi