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The First View Of Earth From Space

Forty-five years ago, an unmanned lunar orbiter took the first photo of Earth from space. Both photography and the space program have come a long way since 1966; today Life has a whole gallery of the Earth seen from space through the years.

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The earth, as seen from space.
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A 2009 image captures a whole hemisphere and was the first view of the south polar ice cap. NASA hide caption

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