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العربية: صورة الكلة الزرقاء الشهيرة التي تعتبر أول صورة لمنظر الارض الكامل. إلتقطت الصورة في 7 ديسمبر 1972 بواسطة طاقم مركبة الفضاء الامريكية ابوللو 17 عند مغادرتهم مدار الارض للقمر من على بعد حوالي 29,000 كيلومتر عن سطح الارض. إلتقط الطاقم صورة الكوكب الازرق بشكل متقن حيث كانت الشمس من ورائهم وهو ما سمح بإضائة ممتازة لكوكب الارض، حيث تظهر أفريقيا، أنتاركتكا والجزيرة العربية.
Deutsch: Blue Marble“, die während des Fluges von Apollo 17 zum Mond am 7. Dezember 1972 entstandene Fotoaufnahme von der Erde (in der zur besseren Wiedererkennbarkeit um 180 Grad gedrehten Version).
English: " The Blue Marble" is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon at a distance of about 29,000 kilometers (18,000 statute miles). It shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula.
Español: " La canica azul". Imagen de la Tierra tomada desde el Apollo 17.
Français : « La bille bleue» : Photo de l'Afrique, de l'Antarctique et de la péninsule Arabique prise en route pour la lune par Harrison Schmitt ou Ron Evans lors de la mission Apollo 17 le 7 décembre 1972. Ce vol a été le dernier à quitter l'orbite terrestre, et le seul au cours duquel un géologue, Harrison Schmitt, s'est rendu sur la lune.
Italiano: Famosa fotografia della Terra ripresa il 7 dicembre 1972 dall'equipaggio della missione Apollo 17 diretta verso la Luna, da una distanza di circa 29.000 km.
Македонски: Сината џамлија“ е позната фотографија на Земјата направена на 7 декември 1972 од екипажот на вселенското летало Аполо 17 патувајќи кон Месечината. Сликана е на растојание од 29.000 километри, а на неа се гледаат Африка, Антарктикот и Арапскиот Полуостров.
Português: A Bolinha Azul é uma fotografia famosa da Terra tirada a 7 de dezembro de 1972 durante a missão Apollo 17, quando se encontrava a caminho da Lua e a 29,000 quilómetros da Terra.
Русский: Вид Земли с космического корабля Аполлон-17. 7 декабря 1972 года.
Українська: Блакитна іграшкова куля — відома фотографія Землі, зроблена 7 грудня 1972 року командою космічного апарату « Аполлон-17».
Date 7 December 1972
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Author NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans


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English: The Earth seen from Apollo 17.
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Earth - Apollo 17

Full Earth showing Africa and Antarctica

Apollo 17 hand-held Hasselblad picture of the full Earth. This picture was taken on 7 December 1972, as the spacecraft traveled to the moon as the last of the Apollo missions. A remarkably cloud-free Africa is at upper left, stretching down to the centre of the image. Saudi Arabia is visible at the top of the disk and Antarctica and the south pole are at the bottom. Asia is on the horizon is at upper right. The Earth is 12,740 km in diameter. (Apollo 17, AS17-148-22727)

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Date/Time (UT): 1972-12-07
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Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -30.,310.
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Area or Feature Type: global view, clouds, water
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - 70 mm
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NASA Image ID number: AS17-148-22727
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NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 72-096A-05C
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