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First colour photograph of the whole Earth. This historic image was taken by the third Applications Technology Satellite (ATS-III) on 10 November 1967, from a point in geostationary orbit above Brazil. South America is seen quite clearly, as is the west coast of Africa (upper right) and part of North America (upper left). ATS-III was launched on 6 November 1967, and is still in orbit. The communications system of ATS-II was used to support the Apollo Moon landings in 1969-72. The camera on ATS-III was shut down on 14 January 1976, but the satellite is still used as a communications link for research bases and vessels in the Arctic and Antarctic.
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