Zond 6 image of Earth
Filed under pretty pictures, many worlds, pics of Earth by planetary missions, Earth, the Moon, Soviet lunar missions
Zond-6 flew around the Moon on November 14, 1968. It carried the AFA-BAM camera with a 400-millimeter objecitve, shooting on 13 by 18-centimeter frames of isopanchromatic film. A session of 111 frames was performed at a distance of 9,290-6,843 km, and another session of 58 frames from 2,660-2,430 km. A crash landing on Earth flattened and broke open the film canister, but 52 photographs were recovered with some degree of laceration and fogging. Only a few fragments of Zond-6 images have been published. Poor print quality, not film damage, is the reason for the low quality of this image.
Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK); caption by Don Mitchell
Original image data dated on or about November 14, 1968