Jan 28, 2019
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Picture of the Day: Earth Seen from the Window of the Apollo 12 Spacecraft

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Photograph by NASA

 

In this striking photo we see Earth from the window of the Apollo 12 spacecraft. You can see the original photo here, which was rotated and color-corrected by psychgeeker on reddit.

Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles “Pete” Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms. [source]

Conrad and Bean carried the first color television camera to the lunar surface on an Apollo flight, but transmission was lost after Bean accidentally destroyed the camera by pointing it at the Sun. On one of two moonwalks, they visited the Surveyor and removed some parts for return to Earth. The mission ended on November 24 with a successful splashdown. [source]

 

 

 

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