You Might Not Believe This Beautiful Satellite Image is 50 Years Old

By Jamie Condliffe on at

This stunning image of the Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank — with its bright blue waters, moody grey seas and fluffy white clouds — looks like the kind of image NASA may publish on any given week. In fact, it was taken on June 4th 1965.

The image was captured by the Gemini IV crew — astronauts Jim McDivitt and Ed White — using a Hasselblad camera with a 70mm lens. The mission was centred around a space walk, but during the remaining days of the 4-day trip into space, the team were tasked with capturing images of the Earth’s weather and terrain from orbit. Now, of course, we’re used to seeing pictures like this; just imagine how breathtaking they were in ‘65. [NASA]

Image by NASA