Dad's first photo from space
November 26, 2013
My father was in the Naval Research Lab group that used V-2 rockets (and some of the German personnel) at White Sands proving grounds that took the first "official" photo from space 60 miles up. He had it hanging on a wall at work for many years when I was a kid (he was one of the founders and the director of Goddard Space Flight Center). It was a crude BW photo by almost any of today's standards but it was the first real photo from space and showed the Cali coast and other landmarks in 5 states and I always though that was neat to have that photo. He also had the actual camera lens that took the photo and some other misc. parts from the V-2 that did that mission (they tended to land hard and to break apart back then). That was also the photo that was published in Life Magazine later on.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.