Earth Observations Timeline

This timeline gives a comprehensive overview of the history of space-based Earth observations from the late 1940s onward, including historic events, payloads, facilities, and investigations that contributed to the current understanding of Earth and space sciences. Ongoing and planned mission schedules are subject to change. Information in the timeline originated mainly from pre-existing NASA sources. Original timeline compiled by L. Jones and A. Cameron.

October 24, 1946

White Sands rocket

V-2 No. 13: The White Sands rocket was a modified German V-2 missile that became the first man-made object to take a photo of Earth from outer space.