18 March, 2008

Safari Notes: Earthrise

The Apollo images of the Earth 'coming up' - rising - over the moon were staggering. We have always been used to the Sun or the Moon rising; but the Earth rising? Till the Apollo expeditions, 30 years ago, gave us those images! And now, the Japanese lunar probe - Kaguya - have given us more spectacular images of the Earth rising over the moon.

The Kaguya or Selene spacecraft, has been orbiting 100 kilometers above the moon since late last year. The image was taken by the spacecraft's high definition camera (HDTV). Another image of the Earth setting over the moon, was also taken. Amazing images!

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