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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 full disk of planet Earth, Satellite ATS 3, January 21, 1968. Stamped "RCA Astro-Electronics Div. 68-9-504C" on the verso. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 1/2 x 7 7/8 in. (18.9 x 19.8 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Good.

N.B. In 1948, astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle prophesized that 'Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available—once the sheer isolation of the Earth becomes known—a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose' ( The entire disk of the Earth, beautifully photographed by the ATS 3 satellite and its revolutionary Multicolor Spin-Scan Cloudcover Camera on board 22,300 miles above the Earth at 95° W longitude. 'The color camera worked well,' Joseph R. Burke, Applications Technology Satellite Program Manager, reported, 'although it had been turned off for about a month to let unexpected gas accumulation leak out. The ground equipment still was being tuned to give a better color balance. Both coasts of both North and South America are visible as well as storms both north and south of the equator, and you can glimpse the Great Lakes through the clouds over Canada' (Cortright, p. 2).

Literature: Cortright, p. 2.
Estimate $800-1,200

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