Earth, courtesy Apollo 17, and probably the most reproduced image of all time

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    Probably the most reproduced image of all time.

    Taken 7 December, 1972
    Apollo 17 mission
    Courtesy: NASA

    Source of high rez imagery:

    View of Africa and Saudi Arabia from Apollo 17. Probably the most requested picture of the Earth, this picture was taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts as they left earth orbit en route to the Moon. Taken on Dec. 7, 1972, it was the first time that the trajectory of an Apollo mission enabled a view of the south pole.

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    Chris Yarzab, willtell, and 64 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Chris Yarzab 76 months ago | reply

      Nice shot of Gods Creation.

    2. Stop carbon pollution 72 months ago | reply

      I hope fourbyfourblazer above has changed their vehicle to avoid crushing God's Creation.

      Thanks for posting this with full credit and original source. While this is obviously not your original picture (assuming you are not an astronaut), I get annoyed by the number of pictures posted on Flickr which are not original and people accept credit as if it were.

    3. aaronlang 52 months ago | reply

      Thank you for putting up this great shot, which is perfect for our site on academic writing and translation. We have credited the photo as from NASA via you. The photo is up at with your name under the picture. Your name then links to the list of credits at where it is on the list of credits and links to your profile here at flickr. And thanks again for the CC license. We really appreciate it.

    4. Whyomar 30 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your lovely picture. I have made it part of a YouTube video, which you can see at:
      It's even more used now! :-)

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