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NASA Releases New High-Res Earthrise Image


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Jun 6, 2005
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NASA Releases New High-Res Earthrise Image - by Lindsey Kratochwill/ Space/ Popular Science/ popsci.com

"See our planet from the moon's point of view.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is orbiting the moon, and as such gets a particularly nice view of the glowing blue dot we call home. And now, we get to ogle it as well, thanks to a new high-res image released by NASA. The composite image was taken on October 12 using two different cameras: a black and white high-res Narrow Angle Camera (NAC), and a lower-resolution color Wide Angle Camera (WAC). The NAC gets the nice detail, and of course the WAC offers the vibrant colors.

But it isn't just as simple as snapping two photos. NASA says the LRO spacecraft first has to be rolled to the side, and then turned to get the widest lunar horizon for the NAC. Add to that the fact that LRO is traveling 3,580 miles per hour. Then, the images are processed to adjust for the motion of the Earth and the moon..."