The lower picture on the next page was a further demonstration of the potentialities of space technology. GEN. BERNARD A. SCHRIEVER, USAF (Ret.), explains how it was obtained:
"Taken from an altitude of 700 miles, this panoramic photograph was an early spectacular achievement of our space effort. It shows an Earth segment from North America through the Caribbean to the coast of Africa, including massive storm fronts over the Atlantic Ocean and the Tropics.
"The panorama was constructed from motion pictures taken by a 16-mm camera carried on the Mark 2 reentry vehicle of our Atlas I IC R&D flight of August 24, 19S9. This flight was one of a series in which we experimentally stabilized the reentry vehicle with an infrared horizontal stabilization system. The camera was in the capsule that was ejected from the reentry vehicle and recovered."