The Earth from the Moon. Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, on August 23, 1966, NASA captured the first images of Earth from the moon.

According to a story on, Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped the above photograph during a mission to locate potential landing spots for the upcoming Apollo missions.

Although not part of the original plan, NASA repositioned the camera to capture what would come to be the first image of Earth from the moon’s orbit.