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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Sighting the home world

Filed under pics of Earth by planetary missions, Hayabusa (MUSES-C), mission status, Earth, the Moon, many worlds

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Sighting the home world Hayabusa's star tracker shot this photo of the Earth-Moon system on May 12, 2010, within 13.5 million kilometers of its home world. The spacecraft is aimed for a June 13 return of its sample capsule to Earth. The star tracker is designed to photograph stars, so targets as bright as the Moon and Earth are overpoweringly bright. Neither body actually subtends more than one pixel; their apparent size results from their bright points of light spilling over into adjacent pixels. However, the star tracker successfully separates the light of the Moon and Earth, resolving them as distinct points of bright light.

JAXA / ISAS

Here's some more detailed information provided by JAXA about the viewing geometry and background stars in this photo.

Imaging geometry for Hayabusa's May 12, 2010 photo of Earth

ISAS / JAXA

Imaging geometry for Hayabusa's May 12, 2010 photo of Earth
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about May 12, 2010

 

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