Lunar Orbiter 1 First View of Earth from the Moon

The Lunar Orbiter program (1966-1967) was implemented to explore the Lunar surface and determine possible landing sites for the Surveyor missions and the Apollo manned missions. Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first view of Earth from the vicinity of the Moon on its 16th orbit on August 23, 1966. Douglas D. Lloyd was an engineer working at Bellcomm who was responsible for setting the shutter speeds on the camera on Lunar Orbiter 1.