Apollo 4 Test Flight Celebrates 50th Anniversary

by | Nov 13, 2017

On Nov. 9, 1967, the uncrewed Apollo 4 test flight made a great ellipse around Earth as a test of the translunar motors and high-speed entry required of a crewed flight returning from the moon. A 70-millimeter camera was programmed to look out a window toward Earth and take a series of photographs from high apogee. Seen looking west are coastal Brazil, the Atlantic Ocean, West Africa and Antarctica. This photograph was made as the Apollo 4 spacecraft, still attached to the S-IVB (third) stage, orbited Earth at an altitude of 9,544 miles.

Photo Credit: NASA

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