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Gemini mission’s legacy of Earth images

This photograph of the Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank was taken during the Gemini IV mission during orbit no. 19, on 4 June 1965, with a Hasselblad camera and a 70mm lens.

The Gemini IV crew – astronauts Jim McDivitt and Ed White – conducted scientific experiments, including photography of Earth’s weather and terrain, for the remainder of their four-day mission following White’s historic first American spacewalk on 3 June.

Astronauts have been photographing Earth from space since the early Mercury missions beginning in 1961. 

Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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