Until John Glenn brought back photographs taken with a modified store–bought camera in 1962, some NASA planners questioned the value of including photography on space missions. They worried about added weight and wasting time. However, using imagery for mission documentation and scientific research quickly became commonplace. More important, photography allowed those on Earth to participate in one of history’s great dramas: the exploration of space by humans.
Space photography offers new perspectives on our Earth. Seeing from afar the “little blue marble” influenced worldwide perspectives on what it means to be human and to be part of a global community.
Photo credit: NASA
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