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Crescent Homeworld

Crescent Homeworld

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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.

As it departed, it turned its cameras backward to capture this unique view of a crescent Earth.

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

Original image data dated on or about May 17, 2010

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