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Earth flyby tests OSIRIS-REx's cameras

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2017

As expected, OSIRIS-REx's Earth flyby on September 22 was a success. The mission is slowly releasing beautiful images of our home worlds taken by its many cameras following the flyby.

New Gems from the Moon

Bill Dunford • October 10, 2016 • 3

More than seven years after the end of its mission, JAXA has released the entire data set from Kaguya's HDTV cameras.

Hayabusa2 views Earth and the Moon on approach to December 3 flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2015 • 1

I just love photos of Earth from planetary missions -- especially if they manage to get Earth and Moon in the same shot, as Hayabusa2 did on November 26.

Two JAXA mission updates: Akatsuki Venus orbit entry and PROCYON Earth flyby coming up!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2015

Akatsuki is finally approaching its second attempt to enter Venus orbit, on December 7; let's all wish JAXA the best of luck! And PROCYON, whose ion engines have failed, is still an otherwise perfectly functional spacecraft that is taking photos of Earth and the Moon as it approaches for a flyby.

A Sky Full of Stars

Bill Dunford • March 09, 2015 • 3

In pictures of the planets, the stars aren't usually visible. But when they do appear, they're spectacular.

Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light

Jason Davis • October 24, 2014 • 4

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.

From Mercury orbit, MESSENGER watches a lunar eclipse

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2014 • 3

Watch as our enormous moon -- a quarter the diameter of the planet -- just winks out as it passes into Earth's long shadow, in an animation captured from more than 100 million kilometers away.

A new Earthrise over the Moon from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's pushframe camera

Emily Lakdawalla • May 13, 2014

Earth's brilliant colors shine above the drab lunar horizon in this new "Earthrise" photo from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. An animation that accompanied the image release helped me to write an explainer on how pushframe cameras like Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Wide-Angle Camera works.

Another Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 12, 2014 • 1

One day, five worlds.

Looking Backward: Curiosity gazes upon the setting Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • February 05, 2014 • 10

A few days ago, Curiosity looked westward after sunset and photographed Earth setting toward the mountainous rim of Gale crater.

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