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NASA releases new hi-res image of Earth from the moon

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NASA released this new Earthrise photo Friday. Photo: NASA NASA released this new Earthrise photo Friday. Photo: NASA
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NASA recently released a new image of the earth from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)'s vantage point in orbit around the moon. The stunning high resolution photo is made up of a series of images taken in October when the LRO was about 83 miles above the moon's farside crater, called Compton.

"LRO was launched on June 18, 2009, and has collected a treasure trove of data with its seven powerful instruments, making an invaluable contribution to our knowledge about the moon. LRO experiences 12 earthrises every day; however the spacecraft is almost always busy imaging the lunar surface so only rarely does an opportunity arise such that its camera instrument can capture a view of Earth. Occasionally LRO points off into space to acquire observations of the extremely thin lunar atmosphere and perform instrument calibration measurements. During these movements sometimes Earth (and other planets) pass through the camera's field of view and dramatic images such as the one shown here are acquired.," NASA said in a release Friday.

In the photo you can see the Sahara Desert as well as Saudi Arabia, and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are visible to the left.

"The image is simply stunning," said Noah Petro, Deputy Project Scientist for LRO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "The image of the Earth evokes the famous 'Blue Marble' image taken by Astronaut Harrison Schmitt during Apollo 17, 43 years ago, which also showed Africa prominently in the picture."

For more information on what it takes to make a composite photo like this, click HERE

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