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Earth and the Moon from much closer to the Sun

Earth and the Moon from much closer to the Sun

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Earth and the Moon from much closer to the Sun
See those two bright dots? That's the double planet of Earth and the Moon. MESSENGER captured this view of its birthplace on May 6, 2010, during a search for vulcanoids, asteroids that are theorized to reside between Earth and the Sun. No vulcanoid has yet been discovered, but searches continue.

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Original image data dated on or about May 6, 2010

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