October 24, 1946
First photo from space
On October 24, 1946, a group of scientists from New Mexico got the world’s first glimpses of space… almost 20 years before man landed on the moon. This black and white photo was taken from an altitude of 65 miles with a 35-millimeter motion picture camera that was attached to a missile launched from White Sands Missile Range. The missile crashed into the ground, and the camera was destroyed, but luckily, the film was salvaged.