V-2 No. 13

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V-2 No. 13
Mission type Test launch
Apogee 65 mi (105 km)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft V-2 No. 13
Spacecraft type V-2
Manufacturer Mittelwerk GmbH
Start of mission
Launch date 24 October 1946
Launch site White Sands Missile Range
The first photo of Earth from space, taken with a motion picture camera aboard the V-2 No. 13.

The White Sands rocket (official name V-2 No. 13[1]) was a modified V-2 rocket that became the first man-made object to take a photograph of the Earth from outer space.[2][3] Launched on October 24, 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]

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


  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 October 18, 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 October 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Compendium of Meteorological Space Programs, Satellites, and Experiments" (PDF). NASA. March 1988. p. 10. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ White Sands Missile Range Fact Sheet
  6. ^ Beegs, Jr., William (July 30, 2015). "Upper Air Rocket Summary 13". Archived from the original on October 18, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2016.