Mercury-Atlas 4, Coast of Morocco - Mercury

Mercury-Atlas 4, Coast of Morocco


Mercury-Atlas 4, Morocco from Space

Coast of Morocco

S62-01285 | MA-4-4713-205 | Sept 13, 1961

Sequence # 185 | view of lands with horizon

First view of Morocco from Space.

From the Straight of Gibraltar to Cabo Yubi.

Photo NASA, original photography

Colour gelatin silver print


25,4 x 20,32 cm / 10 x 8 inch

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    USA and URSS were opposed in a fierce competition: The Space Race. The Space Race was the odyssey of the 20th century . It started on 4 October 1957 with Sputnik 1, first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union. The next month, it was followed by the first animal to orbit the Earth, still by URSS. The missions and programs by Soviet Union and United-States kept on the rivalry. In this struggle, the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) played a leading role. This US independent agency was founded the 29th of July 1958 to be in charge of the civilian space program, aeronautics and aerospace research. Three key programs allowed USA to send the first man on the Moon:  Mercury (1958-1963) sent the first American in space, then, 25th may 1961, in the middle of the Cold War, John F. KENNEDY launched the  Apollo program (1961-1975). During his famou...

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Photograph of the coast of Morocco from Mercury-Atlas 4 (MA-4). Mercury-Atlas 4 was an unmanned spacecraft which was the first Project Mercury flight to orbit the Earth. The view, seen through one of the spacecraft's two circular portholes, extends from Tan-Tan Province, Southwestern of Morocco. On the top left edge, you can see the Strait of Gibraltar on the horizon near the center of the photo. The Atlantic Ocean appears in the top left, and solid cloud cover hangs close to the coast near Tan-Tan. 

Data sheet

Format : Horizontal

Type : Color

Theme : Space

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