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Total Immersion in the Heavens

Casey Dreier assesses the significance of the Apollo program on its 50th anniversary.

Imaging the Earth from Lunar orbit

Radio amateurs around the world worked together to take an image of the Earth and the far side of the Moon.

Chinese satellite snags new views of Earth from lunar orbit

See the world through the eyes of Longjiang-2.

Earth flyby tests OSIRIS-REx's cameras

As expected, OSIRIS-REx's Earth flyby on September 22 was a success. The mission is slowly releasing beautiful images of our home worlds taken by its many cameras following the flyby.

New Gems from the Moon

More than seven years after the end of its mission, JAXA has released the entire data set from Kaguya's HDTV cameras.

Hayabusa2 views Earth and the Moon on approach to December 3 flyby

I just love photos of Earth from planetary missions -- especially if they manage to get Earth and Moon in the same shot, as Hayabusa2 did on November 26.

Two JAXA mission updates: Akatsuki Venus orbit entry and PROCYON Earth flyby coming up!

Akatsuki is finally approaching its second attempt to enter Venus orbit, on December 7; let's all wish JAXA the best of luck! And PROCYON, whose ion engines have failed, is still an otherwise perfectly functional spacecraft that is taking photos of Earth and the Moon as it approaches for a flyby.

A Sky Full of Stars

In pictures of the planets, the stars aren't usually visible. But when they do appear, they're spectacular.

Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.

From Mercury orbit, MESSENGER watches a lunar eclipse

Watch as our enormous moon -- a quarter the diameter of the planet -- just winks out as it passes into Earth's long shadow, in an animation captured from more than 100 million kilometers away.

A new Earthrise over the Moon from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's pushframe camera

Earth's brilliant colors shine above the drab lunar horizon in this new

Another Day in the Solar System

One day, five worlds.

Looking Backward: Curiosity gazes upon the setting Earth

A few days ago, Curiosity looked westward after sunset and photographed Earth setting toward the mountainous rim of Gale crater.

New version of panoramic view from Chang'e 3

A higher-resolution version of the Chang'e 3 lander's panoramic view of the lunar surface has appeared on the Web, and artist Don Davis has cleaned it of artifacts to make a beautiful, seamless view. In other news, the mission has been reorganized to accommodate a possibly year-long adventure on the lunar surface.

Finally, some high-quality photos from Chang'e 3!

A pile of Chang'e 3 photos has been released to the Web, and they are much, much better than what I've seen before. They include, for the first time, photos of Earth from the lander.

First image from India's Mars Orbiter Mission

Here, for your enjoyment, is the first image of Earth taken by the mission's Mars Colour Camera.

Juno is in Safe Mode again, but still okay

After entering safe mode last week during its Earth flyby, Juno returned to normal operations and downlinked all engineering and science instrument data. It entered safe mode again on Sunday night, but it is expected to re-resume normal operations late next week.

Pretty picture: Looking backward

Here it is: the view from Saturn of our Earthly home, one and a half billion kilometers away. We see Earth and the Moon through a thin veil of faintly blue ice crystals, the outskirts of Saturn's E ring. Earth is just a bright dot -- a bit brighter than the other stars in the image, but no brighter than any planet (like Saturn!) in our own sky.

Earth and Moon from MESSENGER

A new picture of the Earth-Moon system from MESSENGER, taken the same day we were told to

Return of the Pale Blue Dot

You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.

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