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August 10th was the 50th anniversary of the launch of Lunar Orbiter 1.It was the first of five Lunar Orbiters intended to photograph the Moon'ssurface to aid in the selection of future landing sites.That spacecraft's camera captured the data used in this restored,high-resolution version of its historic first imageof Earth from the Moon on August 23, 1966 while on its 16th lunar orbit.Hanging almost stationary in the sky when viewed from thelunar surface, Earth appears to be setting beyond the rugged lunar horizonfrom the perspective of the orbiting spacecraft.Two years later, the Apollo 8 crew would record a more famousscene in color: Earthrise from lunar orbit .

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