ERTS-1 (EARTH RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY SATELLITE) ORIGINAL 1972 NASA IMAGING PHOTOS: U.S. EAST COAST, WEST COAST, SOUTH CENTRAL + CANADA, BAHAMAS, INDONESIA
50 Images, all 1972 photos. Two sizes, 8" x 10" and approx 9.25" x 10.5"; color & b&w. "Earth Resources Technology Satellite" with label "1" or "A" sometimes attached, was the first satellite of the United States' Landsat program, and is now known as Landsat 1.
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Nown designated Landsat 1 (LS-1), the "Earth Resources Technology Satellite" with label "1" or "A" sometimes attached (abbreviated "ERTS", "ERTS-1" or "ERTS-A") was the first satellite of the United States' Landsat program. It was a modified version of the Nimbus 4 meteorological satellite and was launched on July 23, 1972 by a Delta 900 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The near-polar orbiting spacecraft served as a stabilized, Earth-oriented platform for obtaining information on agricultural and forestry resources, geology and mineral resources, hydrology and water resources, geography, cartography, environmental pollution, oceanography and marine resources, and meteorological phenomena.
The 28 images in this lot are original NASA photographs from July 1972 --
the original launch date of the ERTS-1 satellite
of release provided in the mimeographed notes on the back of some prints (cropped as issued ) corresponding to those recorded on the strips of film in the square color photographs. It is noted on the Dallas photo that "this is one of the first photographs taken by a new satellite named Earth Resources Technology Satellite-1 (ERTS-1)." That release was dated July 26 (date of the photo given as July 25).
These are official photos issued by NASA and mailed d
irectly from the Houston Manned Spacecraft Center to the individual from whom this collection was acquired, a high ranking NASA bioscientist and executive member of the National Space Scientist Steering Committee (formed in 1961).
About 80% of the images are of the United States. Major cities include: New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas; also represented are Louisiana, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Washington state, California, Hudson Valley, and more. Most of the square uncut images of developed film have corresponding black and white 8x10 images.
All but a small few are explicitly labeled as or appear of be of the United States. 1 photo of the Mediterranean is matched with a corresponding diagram/map charting the path of the ERT-1
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