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    Earth- from a point 700 miles in space. Photographed August 24 by a 166 millimetre?

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    Earth- from a point 700 miles in space. Photographed August 24 by a 166 millimetre camera in the nose cone of an American 'Atlas' missile --- the highest altitude of any pictures taken and recovered by the United States.

    Photographs were taken during the missile's flight from the launching pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, until landing in the South Atlantic ocean, near Ascension Island - a journey of 5,100 miles.

    The pictures ran for 11 minutes, beginning shortly after the cone separated from its booster rocket at an altitude of 190 miles, and ceasing as the missile cone reached its highest point of 700 miles. While on the way up, at 15,000 miles an hour the cone camera clearly photographed an area of the Western world from the north coast of South America through Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba, Florida and the western part of the United States to the ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. At one point, the camera swept an area of 2,000 miles extending from the west-central bulge of Africa to the delta of the Amazon River in Brazil.

    The picture container was recovered from the Atlantic two hours after the missile was fired.

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