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Pictures of Earth by Planetary Spacecraft

Lunar Orbiter sent back the first photo of Earth over the Moon, but it was the Apollo program that produced the first widely publicized views of Earth as a colorful marble floating in black space, images that revolutionized public perception of our fragile planet. At the same time, Soviet Zond spacecraft were capturing similarly dramatic images. Later, Clementine reprised these views. As spacecraft began to launch on journeys to more distant planets, never to return, their mission controllers often commanded them to take departing views of Earth and the Moon. Mariner 10 and Voyager 1 both took such snapshots, as did Mars Odyssey and Venus Express. Other spacecraft traveling to eventual orbit around other planets required one or more gravity-assist flybys of Earth; a year or more after their launches, Galileo, Hayabusa, Rosetta, and MESSENGER returned to the neighborhood, shooting photos and even movies as they flew by. Some planetary travelers -- like Voyager 1, Mars Global Surveyor, Cassini, Deep Impact, the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter -- were even able to turn toward Earth and capture distant glimpses of their home planets from their eventual destinations. Wthe dawning of an International Lunar Decade and multiple missions returning to the Moon, new views came in from Kaguya, Chandrayaan-1, and Chang'E. Most recently, GRAIL's little MoonKAM has returned photos of Earth from the Moon.

Below are just a few of these photos. Over time, more images will be added.

"The Day the Earth Smiled"

In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its Moon in the same frame.

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A Rare Gem

A Rare Gem

The Kaguya lunar orbiter sees the Earth as the spacecraft passes beneath the south pole of the moon. Africa is visible at the right.

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A solar eclipse - as viewed from the Moon

A solar eclipse - as viewed from the Moon

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter performed a challenging feat, catching the Moon's shadow crossing the full Earth's disk a total of four times during the May 12, 2012 solar eclipse. Click here for an animation of all four images. Visit the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera website to learn more about how it was taken.

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Antarctica Mosaic

Antarctica Mosaic

This is a mosaic of 11 images taken during a ten-minute period near 5:45 p.m. PST Dec. 8, 1990. The picture spans about 1,600 miles across the south polar latitudes of our planet. The morning day/night terminator is toward the right. The South Pole is out of sight below the picture; the visible areas of Antarctica are those lying generally south of South America. The violet-blue envelope of Earth's atmosphere is prominent along the limb to the left. At lower left, the dark blue Amundsen Sea lies to the left of the Walgreen and Bakutis Coasts. Beyond it, Peter Island reacts with the winds to produce a striking pattern of atmospheric waves.

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Apollo 11 view of a crescent Earth

Apollo 11 view of a crescent Earth

On their return trip to Earth from the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts photographed Earth as a crescent.

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Buzzing the Homeworld

Buzzing the Homeworld

The MESSENGER spacecraft, en route to Mercury, gets a gravity boost by flying by the home planet. With its jewel-like seas and clouds, it is immediately clear that this world is unique in the Solar System.

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Chang'e 2 deploys its solar panels (video)

Chang'e 2 deploys its solar panels (video)

On October 1, 2010, shortly after launch, Chang'E 2 deploys its solar panels, an event witnessed by an engineering camera. In this video, a computer simulation shows the event and the position of the camera; then the video from the onboard camera is shown. The spring-deployed panels sway back and forth gently after deployment. After the swaying has damped, the spacecraft rolls and suddenly the brilliant ball of Earth swings into view. The camera's exposure adjusts for the brightness of Earth's clouds.

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Crescent Earth

Crescent Earth

This unusual photo of a crescent Earth was taken by the OSIRIS wide-angle camera on Rosetta about two hours before closest approach on its second Earth flyby, at 19:05 UTC on November 13, 2007. Antarctica lies at the bottom of the crescent.

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Crescent Earth and Moon from Voyager 1

Crescent Earth and Moon from Voyager 1

This picture of a crescent-shaped Earth and Moon -- the first of its kind ever taken by a spacecraft -- was recorded Sept. 18, 1977, by Voyager 1 when it was 11.66 million kilometers (7.25 million miles) from Earth.

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Crescent Earth from Rosetta

Crescent Earth from Rosetta

Rosetta viewed Earth in a thin crescent phase as it approached for its November 13, 2009 flyby. This image is one in a series taken to make an animation of the rotating Earth over a 24-hour period.

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Crescent Homeworld

Crescent Homeworld

JAXA's spacecraft, variously named Planet-C, Venus Climate Orbiter, and Akatsuki (or "dawn"), launched on May 17, 2010 for a quick flight to our nearest solar system neighbor.

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Earth - Moon Conjunction

Earth - Moon Conjunction

On December 16, 1992, eight days after its encounter with Earth, the Galileo spacecraft looked back from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometers to capture this remarkable view of the Moon in orbit about Earth.

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Earth and Moon as Seen from Mars Orbit

Earth and Moon as Seen from Mars Orbit

This image of Earth and the moon was captured on October 3, 2007 by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Earth and Moon from Juno

Earth and Moon from Juno

This image of Earth (on the left) and the moon (on the right) was taken by JunoCam on the Juno spacecraft, three weeks after its August 5 launch. On August 26, 2011, the spacecraft was already almost 10 million kilometers away from the Earth-Moon system.

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Earth and Moon Seen by Passing Juno Spacecraft

Earth and Moon Seen by Passing Juno Spacecraft

When NASA's Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph (about 7.3 kilometer per second), which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter. One of Juno's sensors, a special kind of camera optimized to track faint stars, also had a unique view of the Earth-moon system. The result was an intriguing, low-resolution glimpse of what our world would look like to a visitor from afar.

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Earth and the Moon as seen by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter CTX

Earth and the Moon as seen by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter CTX

As it sped away from Earth on September 8, 2005, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter turned to the crescent-phase Earth-Moon system, focusing on the Moon to test and calibrate its cameras.

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Earth and the Moon from Chang'e 5 T1

Earth and the Moon from Chang'e 5 T1

The Chang'e 5 test vehicle service module took this photo of Earth and the Moon together on November 9, a week after successfully returning the sample capsule. The Moon's surface is quite dark compared to Earth's bright clouds.

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Earth and the Moon from Clementine

Earth and the Moon from Clementine

Clementine peered over the limb of the Moon on March 13, 1994 to view a distant, nearly full-disk Earth.

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Earth and the Moon from Galileo

Earth and the Moon from Galileo

Earth and the Moon seen on December 8, 1992, by the Galileo spacecraft. The images have been processed to produce color similar to what the human eye would see; the Moon really is that much darker and redder than Earth.

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Earth and the Moon from Mercury

Earth and the Moon from Mercury

The pair of bright star-like features in the upper panel are not stars at all, but the Earth and Moon! MESSENGER took the photo on July 19, 2013, from a distance of 98 million kilometers. Earth and Moon are both overexposed; the image was part of a long-exposure search for satellites around Mercury.

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Earth as seen from Akatsuki's UV camera

Earth as seen from Akatsuki's UV camera

As Akatsuki sped away from Earth, it captured "First Light" images with its optical instruments pointed at its home planet in an extreme UV phase. This view is from the UVI camera, which captures images at a near-ultraviolet wavelength of 365 nanometers.

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Earth from Chandrayaan-1

Earth from Chandrayaan-1

Chandrayaan-1 took this photo of Earth from Earth orbit on October 29, 2008 at 07:00 UTC. Near the center of the disk is the northwestern coast of Australia; the Sun glints off the Indian Ocean adjacent to that coast. This image has been flipped horizontally from its originally published version to match the proper orientation.

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Earth from Change'3

Earth from Change'3

The Chang'e 3 lunar lander captured this photo of Earth from the lunar surface on December 25 at 2:15 China time (December 24 at 18:15 UTC).

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Earth from Hayabusa

Earth from Hayabusa

Hayabusa snapped this image of Earth during its flyby on May 18, 2004 at 15:00 UTC. Four of Earth's continents are clearly visible -- North America at left, South America at the bottom, Africa on the right, and eastern Europe above it.

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Earth from Junocam (EFB08)

Earth from Junocam (EFB08)

As it flew past Earth, Juno's JunoCam got its first opportunity to image a colorful planet. In this photo, taken at 19:03 on October 9, 2013 -- 12 minutes before closest approach -- you can see the west coast of South America.

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Earth from Junocam (EFB12)

Earth from Junocam (EFB12)

As it flew past Earth, Juno's JunoCam got its first opportunity to image a colorful planet. In this photo, taken at 12:12 on October 9, 2013, the Sun glints from the ocean off the east coast of South America.

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Earth from Junocam (EFB13)

Earth from Junocam (EFB13)

Juno took this photo of Earth just minutes before closest approach, at 19:15 on October 9, 2013 UT. The image was taken through an infrared filter and spans the terminator or day-night boundary. The oblique sunlight picks out the height of clouds over the south Atlantic Ocean.

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Earth from Kaguya

Earth from Kaguya

Kaguya took this photo of Earth using its HDTV camera from a distance of 110,000 kilometers (68,000 miles). It is the farthest that any HDTV camera has ever traveled from Earth. This is a still image, but it was taken as part of a test of the camera's a

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Earth from the Moon

Earth from the Moon

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter turned toward a mostly cloud-free view of Earth's western hemisphere on August 9, 2010.

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Earth in the ultraviolet from Chang'e 3

Earth in the ultraviolet from Chang'e 3

The extreme ultraviolet camera on Chang'e 3 studies the plasma environment around Earth at a wavelength of 63 nanometers. This image was taken shortly after Chang'e 3's landing, on December 16, 2013.

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Earth in true and false color as seen by MESSENGER

Earth in true and false color as seen by MESSENGER

This pair of images represents the same viewpoint on Earth through two different sets of filters on the MESSENGER spacecraft. On top, three filters in red, green, and blue wavelengths were combined to make an image that approximates what the human eye would see. The green mass at the center is the Amazon jungle of South America. The deserts of West Africa are just visible on the edge of the Earth's disk below and to the right of South America. The bottom image is "pushed" into the near infrared; instead of red, green, and blue, it is composed of images taken through near-infrared, red, and green filters. Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plant leaves, is very strongly reflective at near infrared wavelengths, much more so than it is in red or green wavelengths, so the vegetated parts of Earth burst into bright red color.

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Earth rotates under Galileo

Earth rotates under Galileo

As Galileo receded from its first flyby of Earth on December 11 and 12, 1990, it took images of Earth in six different filters almost every minute over a 25-hour period. The animation here includes images taken once an hour, representing about a tenth of the full number of frames.

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Earth sets over Gale crater

Earth sets over Gale crater

On sol 529 (January 31, 2014), the rover looked westward after sunset to see a brilliant evening star -- Earth -- setting toward the horizon.

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Earth setting over Gale crater (animation)

Earth setting over Gale crater (animation)

Curiosity captured three images of Earth setting in the western sky after sunset on sol 529 with its higher-resolution Mastcam-100. Here, the images have been subtracted to cancel out noise in the camera detector, revealing Earth's bright dot in motion.

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Earth, as seen by Surveyor 7

Earth, as seen by Surveyor 7

This image of Earth was captured by Surveyor 7 in 1968. The image, stored on a 70 millimeter film reel negative, also contains calibration metadata.

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Earth-Moon System Seen by the Departing Mars Express

Earth-Moon System Seen by the Departing Mars Express

The Mars Express orbiter took this farewell shot of home as it left for the Red Planet.

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Earthrise from Lunar Orbiter 1

Earthrise from Lunar Orbiter 1

On August 23, 1966, Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photo of Earth as seen from lunar orbit. While a remarkable image at the time, the full resolution of the image was never retrieved from the data stored from the mission. In 2008, this earthrise image was restored by the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project at NASA Ames Research Center. They obtained the original data tapes from the mission (the last surviving set) and restored original FR-900 tape drives to operational condition using both 60s era parts and modern electronics. A 1.2 GB full resolution version of the image is available from NASA here.

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Earthrise from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Earthrise from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

On February 1, 2014, as Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter approached the north pole, it rotated to catch a view of Earth rising above 180-kilometer Rozhdestvenskiy crater. Twelve such Earthrises happen each day for the spacecraft, which is in a polar orbit around the Moon.

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Earthrise over the lunar horizon from Apollo 8

Earthrise over the lunar horizon from Apollo 8

Earth rose over the lunar horizon as Apollo 8 completed the first manned trip behind the far side of the Moon. The mission also returned the first live television coverage of the lunar surface, on December 24, 1968.

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Earthset from Zond 7

Earthset from Zond 7

Zond 7 flew past the Moon, taking this sequence of images of Earth setting behind the lunar limb, on August 9, 1969. The sequence actually consists of only three images; the second one was simulated from data in the others to even out the Earthset sequence.

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First image of Earth by Mars Orbiter Mission

First image of Earth by Mars Orbiter Mission

On November 19, 2013, from a 70,000 kilometers above Earth, the Mars Orbiter Mission took this photo of the Indian subcontinent.

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First image of Earth from the surface of the Moon: Surveyor 3

First image of Earth from the surface of the Moon: Surveyor 3

On April 30, 1967, the Surveyor 3 lander took the first photo of Earth from the lunar surface. Lunar Orbiter had taken the first photo of Earth from lunar orbit just 8 months previously.

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Galileo view of an Earth-Moon conjunction

Galileo view of an Earth-Moon conjunction

As Galileo receded from its ssecond flyby of Earth on December 16 and 17, 1992, it captured this sequence of Earth rotating as the Moon zipped by on its orbit. There are 56 frames in total, each separated by 15 minutes, spanning about 14 hours.

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Global Images of Earth

Global Images of Earth

These images were taken during Galileo's first Earth flyby. In each frame, the continent of Antarctica is visible at the bottom of the globe. South America may be seen in the first frame (top left), the great Pacific Ocean in the second (bottom left), India at the top and Australia to the right in the third (top right), and Africa in the fourth (bottom right).

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Hayabusa's last view

Hayabusa's last view

This is the final photo captured by Hayabusa as it approached its reentry into Earth's atmosphere. It was taken roughly an hour before the end of the mission, after it had already released the sample capsule.

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Iconic view of Earth from Apollo 17

Iconic view of Earth from Apollo 17

One of the most famous images of the twentieth century, this view of the fully lit globe of Earth was taken from Apollo 17 shortly after its launch on December 7, 1972. The full view was enabled by the fortuitous alignment of Earth, spacecraft, and the Sun.

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Image of Earth from Chandrayaan-1

Image of Earth from Chandrayaan-1

Chandrayaan-1 captured this view of a nearly full Earth on March 25, 2009 at 07:03:03 UTC. India is at the center of the image.

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In Saturn's Shadow

In Saturn's Shadow

With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the Sun's blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before, revealing previously unknown faint rings and even glimpsing its home world.

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ISON, Encke, Mercury, and Home

ISON, Encke, Mercury, and Home

On November 21, 2013, comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) entered the field of view of NASA's STEREO "Ahead" spacecraft's HI-1A camera. It joined Earth, Mercury and comet 2P/Encke!

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MESSENGER views the October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse

MESSENGER views the October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse

From orbit at Mercury, MESSENGER captured 31 photos of Earth and the Moon between 9:18 and 10:18 UTC. As MESSENGER watched, the Moon crossed into Earth's shadow, in a lunar eclipse that was witnessed by much of North America and the Pacific Ocean.

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MESSENGER's receding view of Earth (movie)

MESSENGER's receding view of Earth (movie)

As MESSENGER retreated from its August 2, 2005 flyby of Earth, it captured a full day's worth of images of Earth's receding crescent, which were assembled into a movie. This animation contains only 17 of the 358 frames captured by MESSENGER.

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Moonrise over Earth's limb from Rosetta

Moonrise over Earth's limb from Rosetta

As Rosetta flew past Earth for the first of two gravity-assist flybys on March 3, 2005, one of its Navigation Cameras caught the Moon rising above the Pacific. The photo was taken at 22:06 UTC, just three minutes before its closest approach.

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Rosetta looks back at Earth (corrected orientation)

Rosetta looks back at Earth (corrected orientation)

After its closest approach to Earth, Rosetta looked back and took a number of images using the spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC). This image, acquired November 15, 2007, is a color composite of the NAC Orange, Green, and Blue filters. At the bottom, the continent of Australia can be seen clearly.

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Sighting the home world

Sighting the home world

Hayabusa's star tracker shot this photo of the Earth-Moon system on May 12, 2010, within 13.5 million kilometers of its home world. The spacecraft is aimed for a June 13 return of its sample capsule to Earth. The star tracker is designed to photograph stars, so targets as bright as the Moon and Earth are overpoweringly bright. Neither body actually subtends more than one pixel; their apparent size results from their bright points of light spilling over into adjacent pixels. However, the star tracker successfully separates the light of the Moon and Earth, resolving them as distinct points of bright light.

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SMART-1 Earthrise

SMART-1 Earthrise

The SMART-1 lunar probe, a European Space Agency mission, captured this sequence of images as the Earth disappeared behind the moon and then re-emerged. The prominent landform is Brazil.

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The lights of Cape Town as seen from Juno

The lights of Cape Town as seen from Juno

Junocam took this image during its passage over the Earth's night side, and caught the lights of Cape Town, South Africa. The bright band across the image is the limb of the earth, with the Sun illuminating the highest reaches of the atmosphere.

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The Moon transiting Earth as seen from Juno

The Moon transiting Earth as seen from Juno

These views of Earth and the Moon were captured by the Advanced Stellar Compass, or star tracker camera, on Juno as the spacecraft approached for its October 9 flyby of Earth. The sequence begins on October 6. The original images are monochrome; faint coloration has been added by converting the measured grayscale values into false colors matching a true color image of Earth.

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The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact

The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact

As part of its EPOXI mission, Deep Impact spent 24 hours over May 28 and 29, 2008, watching Earth from a distance of 50 million kilometers. During that time, the Moon transited Earth as seen from the spacecraft. The view was captured using Deep Impact's High Resolution Imager, which had a serious blurring problem; efforts to reduce the blurring have introduced some other artifacts, like the concentric ringing on the Moon.

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The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact (animation)

The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact (animation)

As part of its EPOXI mission, Deep Impact spent 24 hours over May 28 and 29, 2008, watching Earth from a distance of 50 million kilometers. During that time, the Moon transited Earth as seen from the spacecraft. The view was captured using Deep Impact's High Resolution Imager, which had a serious blurring problem; efforts to reduce the blurring have introduced some other artifacts, like the concentric rings on the Moon. The full sequence covers 24 hours, a full rotation of Earth.

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The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact (sequence)

The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact (sequence)

As part of its EPOXI mission, Deep Impact spent 24 hours over May 28 and 29, 2008, watching Earth from a distance of 50 million kilometers. During that time, the Moon transited Earth as seen from the spacecraft. The view was captured using Deep Impact's High Resolution Imager, which had a serious blurring problem; efforts to reduce the blurring have introduced some other artifacts, like the concentric rings on the Moon. These eight images were captured about half an hour apart, so the whole sequence spans about 3.5 hours.

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The Pale Blue Dot of Earth

The Pale Blue Dot of Earth

This image of Earth is one of 60 frames taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on February 14, 1990 from a distance of more than 6 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. In the image the Earth is a mere point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size. Our planet was caught in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the Sun. This image is part of Voyager 1's final photographic assignment which captured family portraits of the Sun and planets.

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There's a Beautiful Earth Out Tonight

There's a Beautiful Earth Out Tonight

A full Earth rises over the lunar horizon, as seen by the Kaguya lunar orbiter.

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Three views of Earth from Chang'e 3

Three views of Earth from Chang'e 3

Chang'e 3 watched Earth change phase during its first lunar day of operations in late December 2013.

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Views of Earth from Juno

Views of Earth from Juno

Juno took these photos of Earth from its Junocam during its October 9, 2013 flyby. The left and right images are in color; the center one was taken through a filter at an infrared wavelength in which methane is strongly absorbing. At Earth, the main effect of using that filter is to see vegetated areas as being relatively bright, since vegetation is strongly reflective in the near-infrared.

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You Are Here: Earth sets over Gale crater

You Are Here: Earth sets over Gale crater

On sol 529 (January 31, 2014), the rover looked westward after sunset to see a brilliant evening star -- Earth -- setting toward the horizon.

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Zond 5 image of Earth

Zond 5 image of Earth

On September 18, 1968, Zond-5 became the first spacecraft to circle the Moon and return to land on Earth. It photographed Earth from a distance of 90,000 kilometers, but a subsequent malfunction of the orientation system prevented it from photographing the Moon.

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Zond 6 image of Earth

Zond 6 image of Earth

Zond-6 flew around the Moon on November 14, 1968. It carried the AFA-BAM camera with a 400-millimeter objecitve, shooting on 13 by 18-centimeter frames of isopanchromatic film. A session of 111 frames was performed at a distance of 9,290-6,843 km, and another session of 58 frames from 2,660-2,430 km. A crash landing on Earth flattened and broke open the film canister, but 52 photographs were recovered with some degree of laceration and fogging. Only a few fragments of Zond-6 images have been published. Poor print quality, not film damage, is the reason for the low quality of this image.

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Zond 7 image of Earth

Zond 7 image of Earth

Zond-7 photographed Earth on August 9 and performed two photo sessions at the Moon on August 11, 1969.

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Zond 8 Earthset animation

Zond 8 Earthset animation

Zond-8 flew by the Moon on October 24, 1970 and returned to Earth with high quality photographs, some from as close as 1,350 km. Images were shot with the 400 mm AFA-BAM camera, on 13 by 18-centimeter frames of isopanchromatic film. A session of 20 full-Moon pictures was followed by a session of 78 lunar-surface pictures (including 17 shots of Earth over the lunar horizon).

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Zond 8 Earthset photo

Zond 8 Earthset photo

Zond-8 flew by the Moon on October 24, 1970 and returned to Earth with high quality photographs, some from as close as 1,350 km. Images were shot with the 400 mm AFA-BAM camera, on 13 by 18-centimeter frames of isopanchromatic film. A session of 20 full-Moon pictures was followed by a session of 78 lunar-surface pictures (including 17 shots of Earth over the lunar horizon).

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