Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Photography highlight: The camera that photographed the earth 45 years ago

The Lunar Orbiter's onboard camera contained dual lenses that took photos simultaneously. One lens took wide-angle images of the moon at medium resolution. A second telephoto lens took high-resolution images in greater detail.CREDIT: George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film

A little awesome history lesson!

Late at night when I can't sleep, like at 2 a.m I admire the moon if it's out and I can see it, or I read in bed on my iPhone. This is a cool article from I read last night, on the first photographs of the earth from space, taken 45 years ago.  What I like about this article is that it touches upon the camera used to photograph the earth and it's really awesome to think about how these images gave us the real perspective of our amazing planet.

"You're looking at your home from this really foreign kind of desolate landscape," said Jay Friedlander, who started his NASA career 20 years ago as a photographic technician working on images including those from the Lunar Orbiter at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "It's the first time you're actually looking at Earth as a different kind of place," said Friedlander, currently a multimedia specialist at Goddard."

Try to put on your to-do list to visit the International museum of photography and film.
900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Enjoy the article on early space photography,


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