Earth from Afar

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

Seen from a billion kilometers away, through the ice and dust particles of Saturn’s rings, Earth appears as a tiny, bright dot.

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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Earth from Space
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Earth from Space

This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth.

Published Oct 17, 2000

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