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Earth from Afar

An Eagle Takes Off for Home
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An Eagle Takes Off for Home

When the Apollo 11 astronauts left the surface of the Moon on July 21, 1969, they brought home samples of solar wind particles, lunar rocks and dirt, and a big helping of perspective.

Published Jul 19, 2019

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An EPIC View of Smoke Over Canada
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An EPIC View of Smoke Over Canada

Fires raging in Alberta sent smoke plumes far and wide.

Published May 31, 2019

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All of You on the Good Earth
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All of You on the Good Earth

These iconic photos are not new, but their message never gets old.

Published Dec 21, 2018

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Looking Back Across a Sea of Black
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Looking Back Across a Sea of Black

A spacecraft looked homeward while making its way to the asteroid Bennu.

Published Nov 19, 2018

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A Cubic View of Earth
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A Cubic View of Earth

The MarCO-B CubeSat snapped its first photo on May 9, 2018, and caught a glance of home.

Published May 27, 2018

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Right Here, Right Now
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Right Here, Right Now

OSIRIS-REx took a look back at home while making its way toward the asteroid Bennu.

Published Dec 29, 2017

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Cassini’s Final View of Home
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Cassini’s Final View of Home

As the spacecraft headed into its last days, it sent back this image of Earth framed by Saturn’s rings.

Published Apr 29, 2017

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The Solar Ring of Fire
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The Solar Ring of Fire

Earth-observing satellites follow the shadow of an annular eclipse.

Published Mar 2, 2017

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Earth and Moon from Mars
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Earth and Moon from Mars

A powerful telescope on a satellite orbiting Mars turned its gaze back on Earth.

Published Jan 21, 2017

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An EPIC Eclipse
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An EPIC Eclipse

While residents of the Western Pacific looked up to observe a total eclipse of the Sun, the DSCOVR satellite looked down from space and captured the shadow of the Moon marching across Earth’s sunlit face.

Published Mar 11, 2016

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Earthrise Reimagined
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Earthrise Reimagined

Cameras on a lunar orbiter and some clever image processing techniques led to a new take on a historic image of the Earth and Moon.

Published Dec 25, 2015

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Keeping on the Sunny Side of Earth
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Keeping on the Sunny Side of Earth

Storms and a lunar eclipse are a few of the phenomena visible in animations of Earth’s full disk.

Published Dec 16, 2015

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The Dark Side and the Bright Side
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The Dark Side and the Bright Side

The Deep Space Climate Observatory has captured a unique view of the Moon as it passed between the spacecraft and Earth.

Published Aug 6, 2015

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An EPIC New View of Earth
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An EPIC New View of Earth

From one million miles away, the DSCOVR satellite returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth.

Published Jul 21, 2015

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Sun-Earth Selfie
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Sun-Earth Selfie

The STEREO A spacecraft looked back from the far side of the Sun to capture an image of Earth and Mercury.

Published Feb 10, 2015

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Two for One
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Two for One

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this remarkable shot of Earth—with Mars in the distance.

Published Oct 11, 2014

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Looking Back from Apollo 11
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Looking Back from Apollo 11

Transcripts from the flight to the Moon capture some of the wonder and novelty of looking back at Earth.

Published Jul 21, 2014

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Earth
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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Earth

The Curiosity rover on Mars looked up and saw home on the horizon.

Published Mar 9, 2014

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Getting a Little Boost from Home
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Getting a Little Boost from Home

In October 2013, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past the Earth to steal some energy for a ride to Jupiter. Along the way, it also stole some glimpses of home.

Published Dec 29, 2013

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Earthrise Revisited
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Earthrise Revisited

You know the photo, but do you know the story behind it? A new video explains the circumstances that gave rise to the famous Apollo “Earthrise” photo while recreating the experience with modern data.

Published Dec 24, 2013

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Views of a Distant Earth
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Views of a Distant Earth

On July 19, 2013, NASA spacecraft got not one but two rare and unique views of Earth from opposite ends of the solar system.

Published Jul 24, 2013

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A Different View of Home
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A Different View of Home

NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft observed Comet PanSTARRS and Earth from the far side of the Sun in March 2013.

Published Mar 31, 2013

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A Voyager Far From Home
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A Voyager Far From Home

After 35 years, the Voyager 1 space probe is farther from Earth than any manmade object has ever flown.

Published Sep 5, 2012

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Students Look Homeward from the Moon
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Students Look Homeward from the Moon

Middle school students took this picture of our planet from the far side of the Moon in mid-March 2012.

Published Apr 8, 2012

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What did John Glenn see?
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What did John Glenn see?

Fifty years ago today, the first American to orbit the planet took this photo of home.

Published Feb 21, 2012

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The Six Million-Mile View of Earth and Moon
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The Six Million-Mile View of Earth and Moon

This image shows Earth and the Moon from six million miles away.

Published Sep 1, 2011

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Earth and Moon from Mercury
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Earth and Moon from Mercury

Looking back from its orbit around Mercury, MESSENGER captured this view of Earth and the Moon on May 6, 2010.

Published Sep 9, 2010

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Earth from the Moon
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Earth from the Moon

From orbit around the Moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of Earth in June 2010.

Published Jul 31, 2010

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Apollo 11 Landing Site
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Apollo 11 Landing Site

Forty years after the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of the descent stage of the Eagle lunar module.

Published Jul 20, 2009

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View of Earth from MESSENGER
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View of Earth from MESSENGER

This image of Earth was captured by the MESSENGER spacecraft during a flyby of our home planet on August 2, 2005. Parts of South and North America were in view.

Published May 8, 2009

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Earth Viewed by Apollo 8
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Earth Viewed by Apollo 8

This stunning photo came back to Earth with the Apollo 8 astronauts in late December 1968.

Published Nov 27, 2008

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Earthrise 1966
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Earthrise 1966

Long before man journeyed to the moon and looked back at the tiny, fragile planet that houses humanity, lunar orbiters were sending back pictures of home.

Published Nov 15, 2008

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Earth and the Moon
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Earth and the Moon

From 31 million miles away, how could you tell that there was life on Earth? Scientists used the remote vantage point of NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft to shoot a sequence of images that will help to help answer that question.

Published Jul 22, 2008

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MESSENGER Views Mercury, Sends Earth a Postcard
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MESSENGER Views Mercury, Sends Earth a Postcard

The spacecraft captured images of parts of Mercury’s surface that planetary scientists had never seen.

Published Jan 22, 2008

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A View of Earth from Saturn
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A View of Earth from Saturn

This beautiful image of Saturn and its rings looks more like an artist’s creation than a real image, but in fact, the image is a composite made from 165 images taken by the Cassini spacecraft on September 15, 2006.

Published Jan 16, 2007

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Earth from the Moon: A Different Perspective on the Harvest Moon
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Earth from the Moon: A Different Perspective on the Harvest Moon

Over the stark, scarred surface of the moon, the Earth floats in the void of space, a watery jewel swathed in ribbons of clouds.

Published Oct 4, 2004

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Earth and Moon as Viewed from Mars
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Earth and Moon as Viewed from Mars

This is one of the first images of Earth taken from another planet that actually shows our home as a planetary disk.

Published May 23, 2003

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Apollo 17 Anniversary
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Apollo 17 Anniversary

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission and the famous “Blue Marble” full Earth image, Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visualization and Analysis Lab has rendered a new visualization inspired by the mission.

Published Dec 7, 2002

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The Blue Marble from Apollo 17
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The Blue Marble from Apollo 17

View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica south polar ice cap. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap.

Published Jan 31, 2001

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