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You Might Not Believe This Beautiful Satellite Image Is 50 Years Old

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This stunning image of the Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank — with its bright blue waters, moody grey seas and fluffy white clouds — looks like the kind of image NASA may publish on any given week. In fact, it was taken on June 4th 1965.

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The image was captured by the Gemini IV crew — astronauts Jim McDivitt and Ed White — using a Hasselblad camera with a 70mm lens. The mission was centered around a space walk, but during the remaining days of the 4-day trip into space, the team were tasked with capturing images of the Earth’s weather and terrain from orbit. Now, of course, we’re used to seeing pictures like this; just imagine how breathtaking they were in ‘65. [NASA]

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When you read the headline you think it was a photo taken by a satellite via command or automation. Instead it is a bit of a misnomer having been taken by a human with a camera on a man made satellite.