Ed White taking the first human-taken photographs from outer space during the first US spacewalk

Space Mission
Gemini IV, 3-7 June 1965

James McDivitt

Photo Description
Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper 10 h × 8 w in (25 × 20 cm); Numbered to upper margin ‘NASA S-65-30432’ with ‘A Kodak Paper’ watermarks to verso.

McDivitt shot this photograph with a NASA-modified Hasselblad 500C from inside the spacecraft, while Ed White was himself taking a picture of the Gemini capsule with a Zeiss Contarex 35mm camera.

From the mission transcript when the photograph was taken (at T+004:44:41 from launch):
004:44:02 White: I’m trying to get some pictures. I’m right above my hatch now.
004:44 08: McDivitt: Okay.
004:44:15 Capcom (Mission Control): Gemini 4, Houston.
004:44:16 White: Yes, sir. If I had about another couple of bottles (for the self-maneuvering unit), Jim …..
004:44:20 McDivitt: That would really be it, huh?
004:44:22 White: Yes. I’m still not satisfied with the pictures I’m getting. I’ve only gotten about three or four.
004:44:24 Capcom: Gemini 4, Houston.
004:44:33 McDivitt: Is that right? I’ve taken a lot but, they’re not very good. You’re in too close.
004:44:40 White: Okay.
004:44:41 McDivitt: I finally put the focus down to about 8 feet or so. Oh yes, that’s great, the clouds on water behind you.”