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Title    The Farthest-away Pictures of Earth Ever Taken
Date    Monday April 24 2023, @01:15AM
Author    hubie
Topic   
from the dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/04/23/1330254

upstart writes:

Our precious planet seen from deep space:

NASA's exploration robots have rumbled around Mars, swooped around Saturn, and flown well beyond the planets, into interstellar space.

But the space agency's engineers often direct their machines to peer back at the vivid blue dot in the distance.

"During almost every mission we turn around and take a picture back home," NASA's former chief historian, Bill Barry, told Mashable. "There seems to be an irresistible tendency to look back at home."

Indeed, in the cosmic images below you'll glimpse some of the farthest-away views of our humble, ocean-blanketed world ever captured by humanity. When we view other objects, worlds, stars, or even galaxies, we often see just dots. But to most of the cosmos, we're just a dot in the vast ether, too.

The article has nice images of the Earth and Moon taken by OSIRIS-REx, Earth as seen from the surface of Mars, a video flyby of the Earth and Moon by the Juno spacecraft, and a beautiful shot of Earth looking back with Saturnian rings in the view by Cassini, all reminding us of Carl Sagan's famous Pale Blue Dot where he observed:

To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.


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Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "Our precious planet seen from deep space" - https://mashable.com/article/earth-pictures-images-from-space
  3. "rumbled around Mars" - https://mashable.com/article/mars-nasa-space-perseverance-rover
  4. "swooped around Saturn" - https://mashable.com/feature/cassini-saturn-last-days-of-the-nasa-mission
  5. "flown well beyond the planets" - https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/784/nasas-voyager-2-probe-enters-interstellar-space/
  6. "NASA" - https://mashable.com/category/nasa
  7. "told Mashable" - https://mashable.com/article/earth-first-images-space-history
  8. "ocean-blanketed world" - https://mashable.com/article/deepest-fish-found-ocean-sea
  9. "even galaxies" - https://mashable.com/article/james-webb-space-telescope-deep-field
  10. "vast ether" - https://mashable.com/article/milky-way-galaxy-image-stars-billions
  11. "Earth and Moon taken by OSIRIS-REx" - https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/osiris-rex-snaps-pictures-of-earth-and-the-moon
  12. "Earth as seen from the surface of Mars" - https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/pia05547-you-are-here-earth-as-seen-from-mars
  13. "video flyby of the Earth and Moon" - https://youtu.be/_CzBlSXgzqI
  14. "beautiful shot of Earth looking back with Saturnian rings in the view" - https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia17171.html
  15. "Pale Blue Dot" - https://www.siue.edu/~gdondan/pbdot.html
  16. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=59387

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