Join Donate

The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Zond 5 image of Earth

Zond 5 image of Earth

Click to view full image

Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK); caption by Don Mitchell

Zond 5 image of Earth
On September 18, 1968, Zond-5 became the first spacecraft to circle the Moon and return to land on Earth. It photographed Earth from a distance of 90,000 kilometers, but a subsequent malfunction of the orientation system prevented it from photographing the Moon.

Original image data dated on or about September 18, 1968

Explore related images: pics of Earth by planetary missions, BMSIL, pretty pictures, Earth, full-globe view, Soviet lunar missions

You are here:
Comments & Sharing
More Images
Bill Nye and people
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Bruce Murray and Carl Sagan
Pretty Pictures

Support the Bruce Murray Space Image Library and help us share the wonders of other worlds.


"We're changing the world. Are you in?"
- CEO Bill Nye

I'm In!