Earth from a hundred miles up

EarthContinuing experimental photography from captured German V-2 rockets, scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range capture a view of Earth from space at an altitude of 100 miles. Though the V-2 is capable only of ballistic suborbital flight, an automated camera on the rocket captures the curve of the Earth before falling back to the surface. As with earlier experimental unmanned flights in 1946, also using captured V-2 rockets, the rocket and camera are destroyed upon impact with the ground.