Taken by a Camera Aboard the Apollo 6 Spacecraft
Orbital panorama taken 150 miles above the Earth over Central Africa, Apollo 6, April 1968. Numbered 'MSC AS6-2-1007' (NASA MSC) in red on the recto right margin. Mosaic of eight vintage chromogenic prints on fiber-based Kodak paper, each with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, overall size 45 x 8 in. (114.1 x 20.1 cm), unmatted.
N.B. Apollo 6 was the final unmanned Apollo test mission of the Saturn V rocket that would take astronauts to the Moon. An automated 70mm still camera was mounted in the Command Module of the Apollo 6 vehicle to take photographs of the Earth; the camera was recovered with the capsule in the Pacific Ocean. The photographic mission of Apollo 6 was to photograph a whole orbit of the Earth in a vertical sequence, which would begin at the end of the first orbit near New Orleans and terminate at the end of the second orbit over Baja California. The photographs were taken every 9 seconds, giving sufficient overlap between frames. This panoramic view was taken 150 miles above the Earth from Gabon to Congo. The additional NASA negative numbers (covered by the overlapping sheets) are between AS6-2-993 to AS6-2-1007.
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