This is the Web Edition of "A Trip Into Space", a Coimbra-based electronic book on space science. Both the texts and the photos are by courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Earth
Pacific Ocean And North America

Apollo 13 image taken as it returned to Earth on 14 April 1970 immediately after rounding the Moon. The Baja Peninsula and northern Mexico are visible, as is the Southwestern United States. Most of the rest of North America is covered by clouds. Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific 3 days after this picture was taken. The Earth is 12,740 km in diameter and north is at 12:30. (Apollo 13, AS13-60-8588)

Last Update: 2004-Nov-28