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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Crescent Homeworld

Filed under pretty pictures, pics of Earth by planetary missions, Earth, Akatsuki (Planet-C)

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Crescent Homeworld JAXA's spacecraft, variously named Planet-C, Venus Climate Orbiter, and Akatsuki (or "dawn"), launched on May 17, 2010 for a quick flight to our nearest solar system neighbor.


As it departed, it turned its cameras backward to capture this unique view of a crescent Earth.

Original image data dated on or about May 17, 2010


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