Heads up! ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is approaching for its last flyby of Earth, on Friday, November 13. It is now close enough that its OSIRIS high-resolution camera can resolve the Moon (and presumably Earth as well). Here's that photo of the Moon, a lovely crescent view captured on Sunday from 4.3 million kilometers away:
ESA / OSIRIS Team
Rosetta approaches the Moon, November 8, 2009
As Rosetta approached the Earth-Moon system for its third and final gravity-assist flyby in November 2009, it captured this view of a distant, crescent Moon. The Moon was 4.3 million kilometers away at the time.
It's a bit small at this range, so here's a zoomed view:
ESA / OSIRIS team
Rosetta approaches the Moon, November 8, 2009 (enlarged)
This version has been enlarged by a factor of two.
Stay tuned for further news and pictures from Rosetta's upcoming Earth flyby!