Earth - Apollo 12

Eclipse of the Sun by the Earth seen from Apollo 12

During the return to Earth the Apollo 12 command module went behind the Earth relative to the Sun, causing the eclipse seen in this photograph. The image was taken shortly before reentry on 24 November 1969. The Earth's disk has a diameter of 12,800 km. (Apollo 12, AS12-H-53-7917)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1969-11-24
Distance/Range (km): N/A
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view, Sun, eclipse
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - SO 164
Instrument Field of View (deg): 60 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: AS12-H-53-7917
Other Image ID number:
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 69-099A-01D
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