V-2 No. 13

The V-2 No. 13[1] was a modified V-2 rocket that became the first object to take a photograph of the Earth from outer space.[2][3] Launched on 24 October 1946,[4] at the White Sands Missile Range in White Sands, New Mexico, the rocket reached a maximum altitude of 65 mi (105 km).[1][5]

October 1946 V-2 rocket launch
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The first photo of the Earth above the Kármán line, taken with a motion picture camera aboard the V-2 No. 13.
V-2 rocket launch
Launch24 October 1946
PadWhite Sands Missile Range
Apogee65 mi (105 km)
Serial no.13

The famous photograph was taken with an attached DeVry 35 mm black-and-white motion picture camera.[3][6]

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  1. ^ a b White, L. (September 1952), Final Report, Project Hermes V-2 Missile Program, Report No. R52A0510, Schenectady, N.Y.: General Electric Company, retrieved 18 October 2016
  2. ^ Air and Space article with photos
  3. ^ a b Fraser, Lorence (1985). "High Altitude Research at the Applied Physics Laboratory in the 1940s" (PDF). Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest. 6 (1): 92–99. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Compendium of Meteorological Space Programs, Satellites, and Experiments" (PDF). NASA. March 1988. p. 10. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  5. ^ White Sands Missile Range Fact Sheet
  6. ^ Beegs, Jr., William (30 July 2015). "Upper Air Rocket Summary 13". Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.