Real photos of Earth from Space

Let’s revisit some real pictures of Earth from Space, which were taken by various space probes exploring our solar system.

Real photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17
The Blue Marble by the crew of Apollo 17 (1972)

Earth- third in line from Sun is the only planet known to have oxygen, liquid water on its surface and of-course, life. With a diameter of 13,000 kilometres, Earth is the fifth biggest planet in our solar system. Earth is not completely round, in-fact it is an “oblate spheroid,” since its spin makes it to be crushed at its poles and swollen at the equator.

Real photo of Crescent-shaped Earth and Moon taken by Voyager 1 in 1977
Crescent-shaped Earth and Moon

This image of crescent-shaped Earth and Moon was documented by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft on Sept. 18, 1977, when it was 11.66 million kilometres from Earth. Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Image Processing Lab made this photo by processing three images taken through colour filters. Since the Moon is many times less brighter than Earth, so to make it clearly visible in the photo, it was artificially brightened by a factor of three compared to Earth.

Real photo of Earth captured by Kepler Space Telescope
Earth viewed as bright flashlight from Kepler

This photo of Earth was captured by Kepler Space Telescope at 94 million miles away on 10th December 2017. In this image Earth appears as a bright flash light among the sea of stars, completely obscuring our moon Luna. Some stars are hundreds of light years away.

Real photo of Earth as viewed by Cassini spacecraft
Earth as a dot beneath Saturn’s rings

This rare image of Saturn’s rings and Earth-Moon system was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on 19th July 2013 at 1.44 billion kilometres away. Earth appears to be a blue dot at the centre right as indicated by arrow. The other visible bright dots/objects are stars.

Real photo of Earth as viewed by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Earth-rise by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

This photo of Earth rise was made from a series of images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on 12th October 2015 from 134 kilometres above the moon’s far-side crater Compton.

Real photo of Earth Moon system as viewed by OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft
Earth-Moon system as seen by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon on 17th January 2018 from a distance of 63.6 million kilometres. Earth can be seen as the largest, brightest spot in the centre of the image. While the smaller, dimmer companion appearing to the right is Moon.

Real photo of Earth and Moon from Mars by NASA’s curiosity rover
Curiosity’s view of Earth and Moon from Mars

This image of Earth-Moon was taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover from the surface of Mars. Image was taken on the 529th Martian day, or sol, (Jan. 31, 2014). At that time the distance between Earth and Mars was about 160 million kilometres.

Image taken by NASA’s DSCOVR spacecraft
Image Credit: NASA/ NOAA

These images were taken on July 16, 2015 by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. The animation features the real satellite images of the Moon’s far side as it crosses between DSCOVR and Earth at about one million miles away.

Real photo of Earth Moon as seen by Galileo spacecraft
The Earth-Moon System as viewed by Galileo spacecraft

Galileo spacecraft took this photo of Earth-Moon system on 16 December 1992 from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometres.

Real photo of Earth taken by Rosetta spacecraft
Rosetta’s view of Earth by European Space Agency (ESA)

European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft captured this stunning image of Earth on 12th November 2009 from a distance of about 633,000 kilometres.

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