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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Crescent Homeworld

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

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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.

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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.

JAXA images may be reused for educational or informational purposes, with restrictions. Visit JAXA's website for more information on their image use policy.

 

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