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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 25: Double planet

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2009

To those of you who celebrate the holiday, merry Christmas! I hope Santa was good to you.

Rosetta Earth swingby successful

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2009

Rosetta appears to have operated flawlessly as it streaked past Earth for its flyby early this morning. Here are a few more gems from the flyby.

Crescent Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2009

Just hours away from its Earth flyby, Rosetta is busily snapping images and gathering other science data.

Images from the August 2, 2005 MESSENGER Flyby of Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2005

On August 2, 2005, MESSENGER flew by Earth at an altitude of a mere 2,347 kilometers above Mongolia.

MESSENGER is getting close

Emily Lakdawalla • August 01, 2005

MESSENGER is now returning images as it is bearing down on Earth.

MESSENGER Snaps Earth-Moon Image in Approach to First Flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2005

As MESSENGER began its approach for its August 2 flyby of Earth, its cameras have snapped their first images. The images clearly show a cloudy Earth—and, to scientists' surprise, the Moon as well.

Voyager's Last View

Charlene Anderson • August 01, 2002

Home. Family. This will be Voyager's enduring legacy: It has changed forever the feelings raised by those words. Through its robotic eyes we have learned to see the solar system as our home. Through its portraits of the planets we know that they are part of our family. Apollo astronauts showed us a tiny Earth alone in the blackness of space. Now, with these images, Voyager has shown us that Earth is not really alone. Around our parent Sun orbit sibling worlds, companions as we travel through the Galaxy.

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