Satellites View The Land (continued)Through the years many orbital missions have scanned the Earth in many different ways.
Rocket Camera | Project Mercury | Project Gemini
Apollo | Skylab | Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program | Space Shuttle
This camera was the first to provide motion pictures of the Earth's surface from an altitude greater than 480 kilometers (300 miles). In a 15-minute flight atop a Thor missile on May 12, 1959, the General Electric camera recorded 35 feet of 16mm film. (33k jpg)
Courtesy of General Electric Company.