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NASA's Blue Marble: 50 Years Of Earth Images

NASA's Earth-observing satellites help scientists render photo-like composite images with unprecedented detail. Take a look, from the earliest attempts to the newest stunners.
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This is the view of Earth as seen by the Apollo 8 astronauts as they orbited the Moon in December 1968. From this perspective, the lunar horizon is 500 miles from the spacecraft and the Earth is 240,000 miles away. During 10 orbits of the Moon, images of the lunar surface were transmitted for live television broadcast on Earth. On Dec. 27, 1968, the Apollo 8 capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA

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