Crescent Earth as Seen by Comet Chasing Spacecraft

Title this one “Rich Blue Crescent” (as opposed to Pale Blue Dot.) This spectacular image of our home planet was captured by the OSIRIS instrument on ESA’s Rosetta comet chaser today (November 12) at 12:28 GMT from about 633,000 km as the spacecraft approached Earth for the third and final swingby. Closest approach is due at 07:45 GMT, on November 13. You can follow Rosetta’s progress at ESA’s Rosetta site and the Rosetta Blog.

7 Replies to “Crescent Earth as Seen by Comet Chasing Spacecraft”

  1. Awesome image of our ‘pale blue dot’. The Rosetta site mentions that this is one of a series of images that will be released as a 24 hour time-lapse movie of it’s flyby. Should be equally jaw dropping.

  2. Neat looking place.
    Pity about the present occupants, though…
    Treat it like dump…

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