Earth - Apollo 10

View of three-quarter illuminated Earth showing Africa and Europe

Apollo 10 hand-held Hasselblad picture of Earth taken from 185,000 km on the way to the Moon on 18 May 1969. North Africa can be clearly seen at center, with southern Africa at the bottom and Saudi Arabia to the right. Much of Europe can be identified towards the top of the disk, including Portugal, Italy, and Greece. Turkey and parts of the Middle East are also visible. Earth is 12,740 km in diameter and north is at 12:30. (Apollo 10, AS10-34-5026)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1969-05-18
Distance/Range (km): 185000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): +25.,345.
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view, clouds, water
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - 70 mm 50-368 CEX-Ektachrome ASA 64
Instrument Field of View (deg): 250 mm Focal Length
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: AS10-34-5026
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 69-043A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Dr. David R. Williams,

Last updated: 24 September 2015