The latest 'space' film from America shows what is probably the most distant view of the earth yet - from 300 miles.
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Background: The latest 'space' film from America shows what is probably the most distant view of the earth yet - from 300 miles. the film was taken from a camera in the nose cone of an American Air Force Thor Missile, launched from Cape Canaveral over the Atlantic Missile Range.
The flight achieved the first complete stabilisation of a nose cone. The sun was used in conjunction with the earth's axis for a 'line up' to obtain balance.
During the early part of the sequence when the nose cone is separating from the booster rocket, the Florida coastline, the Intercostal Waterway and Cape Canaveral can be seen in the background.
In the past, accurate filming of the earth from this height has been made difficult by the spinning of the nose cone. Now this spin has been controlled scientists will be able to progress towards steering a rocket on its fall through space near its apogees some 316 miles above the surface of the earth. This is phase four of the flight. At 330 seconds -- the vehicle is now making to descent into the earth's atmosphere where the capeule containing the camera will be ejected. You are now looking at the British west indies and Antigua Island where the capsule was recovered, can be seen at the upper right hand corner.