Juno snaps photo of Earth and Moon

2011-08-31 20:00

Pasadena - Earth, say cheese. A Nasa spacecraft cruising toward Jupiter glanced back and snapped a rare picture of Earth and the Moon. Taken last week when Juno was 9.650 million km away, the image shows two white dots, one brighter than the other.

The solar-powered Juno blasted off earlier this month on a five-year journey to Jupiter. Though previous craft have visited the giant gas planet, Juno will get closer than ever before, flying within about 5 000km of the dense cloud tops to learn more about Jupiter's origins.

The $1.1bn mission is managed by Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

  • shortfinal - 2011-08-31 20:09

    Wow, fantastic!! Life goes on!!

  • hehe - 2011-08-31 20:15

    How insignificant we are in the big picture.

      kidblack - 2011-08-31 20:35

      we are but a speck in a splotch of nothing.

  • Ginseng - 2011-08-31 20:23

    "Taken last week when Juno was 9 650km away." Erm, surely this is an error. Perhaps they mean 9 650 000km?

      Phaedioux - 2011-08-31 20:27

      You are right - it must be a heck of a lot further away than a mere 10,000Kms!

      Mikey - 2011-08-31 20:38

      Erm maybe you should reread the article as it does state "Taken last week when Juno was 9.650 million km away"

      CapeTownJunk - 2011-08-31 20:55

      I suspect the article was corrected subsequently. Why else would people complain about an error that isn't there (any more)? Awe-inspiring picture though. It gives a glimpse of just how massive distances are in space. And the fact that it's travelled over ten million kilometres since its launch earlier this month is pretty mind-boggling in itself.

      Bill - 2011-08-31 20:58

      & Ginseng is supposed to sharpen the

      Werner Lubbe - 2011-09-01 09:11

      It's written 9.650 million km... get some sleep.

      Grant - 2011-09-01 11:48

      Do you need specs how old are you, Read the article again and open your eyes, It doesn't say 9 650km, it says 9 650 million KM's away.

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-08-31 21:17

    SKA here we come! - We NEED more GOOD Maths & Science teachers!

  • Warp - 2011-08-31 22:28

    Are we in the top or the bottom half?

      FIO - 2011-09-01 07:59

      It was either late afternoon or early morning as a week ago we were approaching new moon, and if both these objects are being illuminated by the Sun, depending on which way we are up (or down) it would be early morning or late afternoon.

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