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Computer-enhanced Apollo 4 view of crescent Earth

Computer-enhanced Apollo 4 view of crescent Earth

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Crescent Earth. Computer-enhanced view of the Earth as taken from the Apollo 4 spacecraft, in orbit 17,960 kilometres above the surface. The Earth's atmosphere (blue) has been enhanced. The large amount of cloud cover makes it difficult to identify any surface features on the sunlit side. Apollo 4 was an unmanned test of the Apollo/Saturn V launcher combination. It was launched on 9 November 1967 into a low orbit. The third stage was then used to climb to over 18,000 kilometers before heading back to Earth. The speed at re- entry was similar to that expected for Apollo flights returning from the Moon. The splashdown of Apollo 4 was on 9 November 1967.

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