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Pictures of Home from Skylab

24 Oct 2019, 12:16 UTC
Pictures of Home from Skylab
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Back when I was a pre-teen space enthusiast, I wasn’t much of a reader, but I loved pictures taken from space. Whenever I got hold of a space book or magazine back then, I focused my attention on its pictures and would not read much more than the captions and tables of data (all that would change when I became a voracious reader of anything science-related starting in my early teens). Naturally, I liked the photographs taken by the astronauts of the Earth during the Gemini and Apollo Earth-orbiting missions. While books in the late-60s and early-70s were filled with gorgeous views of far off places, I was disappointed that there were never any photos of where I was growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts about 40 kilometers northwest of Boston.
The first image returned by TIROS 1 after reaching orbit on April 1, 1960. Visible in the upper right are the Canadian Maritimes with a band of cloud below stretching westward across the Gulf of Maine to New England. (NASA)
About the only picture of New England I had seen at this time was the first image returned by the first weather satellite, TIROS 1, shortly after it reached orbit ...

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