It was 50 years ago today that mankind saw the Earth rise for the first time.

On August 23, 1966 scientists at NASA received a transmitted image from the Lunar Orbiter 1 spacecraft of Earth rising over the surface of the moon.

It was described as, "A grainy, black-and-white image showing a crescent Earth in a blackened cosmos above the cratered lunar surface."

The Lunar Orbiter 1 was the first American spacecraft to circle the moon, and was sent to photograph possible landing sites for the upcoming Apollo missions.

(Source: ABC News Radio)