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Moon and Earth from Chang'e 5-T1

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Nov 4, 2014 2:14 pm via: NASA
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Described at times as a big blue marble, from some vantage points Earth looks more like a small blue marble. Such was the case in this iconic image of the Earth and Moon system taken by the Chang’e 5-T1 mission last week. The Moon appears larger than the Earth because it was much closer to the spacecraft’s camera.

Displaying much of a surface usually hidden from Earth, the Moon appears dark and gray when compared to the more reflective and colorful planet that it orbits. The robotic Chang’e 5-T1 spacecraft, predominantly on an engineering test mission, rounded the Moon last Tuesday returned to Earth on Friday.

Image Credit: Chinese National Space Administration, Xinhuanet

Image Credit: Chinese National Space Administration, Xinhuanet

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