These photos of our planet were taken at a distance of hundreds, thousands, millions and even billions of kilometers. They give scientists an idea of how a habitable planet looks from afar, help in finding other cozy worlds and inspire humility before the inevitable truth: we live on a small, fragile cobblestone, which is hopelessly lost in cosmic voidness.
Find a couple of minutes to enjoy 25 truly breathtaking photos of the Earth and the Moon from space.
This photograph of the Earth was made by astronauts of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on July 20, 1969.
Space vehicles launched by mankind enjoy a view of the Earth from a distance of thousands and millions of kilometers.
Captured by Suomi NPP, a US-based NOAA-operated meteorological satellite. Date: April 9, 2015.
NASA and NOAA created this composite image using photographs taken from the meteorological satellite Suomi NPP, which revolves around the Earth 14 times a day.
Their endless observations allow us to track the state of our world in the rare position of the Sun, Moon and Earth.
Photographed with a spacecraft to observe the Sun and Earth DSCOVR. Date: March 9, 2016.
The DSCOVR spacecraft made 13 images of the lunar shadow running along the Earth during the total solar eclipse of 2016.
But the more we delve into space, the more we are fascinated by the view of the Earth.
Photographed with the Rosetta spacecraft. Date: November 12, 2009.
The Rosetta spacecraft is designed to study comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In 2007, he made a soft landing on the surface of the comet. The main probe of the device completed its flight on September 30, 2016. This photo shows the South Pole and Antarctica lit by the sun.
Our planet looks like a brilliant blue marble, shrouded in a thin, almost invisible layer of gas.
Filmed by the crew of the Apollo 17 ship. Date: December 7, 1972.
The crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft made this photo, entitled “The Blue Marble” (“Blue Marble”) during the last manned flight to the Moon. This is one of the most common images of all time. It was shot at a distance of approximately 29 thousand kilometers from the surface of the Earth. Africa is visible in the upper left of the image, and Antarctica in the lower.
And she drifts alone in the blackness of space.
Filmed by the Apollo 11 crew. Date: July 20, 1969.
The crew of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin took this picture during a flight to the moon at a distance of about 158 thousand km from Earth. Africa is visible in the frame.
Filmed by satellite DSCOVR. Date: July 16, 2015.
About twice a year, the Moon passes between the DSCOVR satellite and its main object of observation – the Earth. Then we get a rare opportunity to look at the far side of our satellite.
The moon is a cold stone globe, 50 times smaller than Earth. She is our largest and closest heavenly friend.
Filmed by William Anders in the crew of the Apollo 8 spacecraft. Date: December 24, 1968.
The famous photo “Earth Rising”, taken from the spacecraft “Apollo 8”.
According to one hypothesis, the moon was formed after the proto-earth collided with a planet the size of Mars about 4.5 billion years ago.
Photographed Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO, Lunar orbital probe). Date: October 12, 2015.
In 2009, NASA launched the automatic interplanetary station LRO, studying the surface of the Moon covered with craters, but taking advantage of the moment, the device made this modern version of the Earth Rising photograph.
Beginning in the 1950s, humanity launches humans and robots into space.
Photographed by Lunar Orbiter 1. Date: August 23, 1966.
The automatic unmanned spacecraft Lunar Orbiter 1 took this photo while searching for a place to disembark astronauts on the Moon.
Our explorations of the moon – a mixture of pursuit of technological conquests.
Filmed by Michael Collins from the Apollo 11 crew. Date: July 21, 1969.
“Eagle” – the lunar module of the ship “Apollo 11” – is returned from the surface of the moon.
and irrepressible human curiosity.
Filmed by the lunar apparatus “Chang’e 5-T1” (Chang’e 5-T1). Date: October 29, 2014.
Rare view of the far side of the moon, made the lunar probe of the Chinese National Space Administration.
and search for extreme adventures.
Filmed by the crew of the Apollo-10. Date: May 1969.
This video was shot by astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan during a test flight to the Moon on the Apollo 10 (without landing). It is only possible to obtain a similar image of the “Rising Earth” from a moving ship.
It always seems that the earth is not far from the moon.
Photographed with a Clementine 1 probe. Date: 1994.
The Clementine mission was launched on January 25, 1994, as part of a joint initiative by NASA and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. On May 7, 1994, the probe went out of control, but earlier transmitted this image, in which the Earth and the North Pole of the Moon are visible.
The farther we send our spaceships.
Photographed by Mariner 10 station. Date: November 3, 1973.
A combination of two photographs (on one — Earth, on the other — Moon), taken by NASA’s Mariner 10 automatic interplanetary station, which was launched to Mercury, Venus and Moon using an intercontinental ballistic missile.
the more surprising is our house.
Photographed with the Galileo spacecraft. Date: December 16, 1992.
On the way to exploring Jupiter and its satellites, the NASA Galileo spacecraft made this composite image. The moon, whose brightness is about three times lower than the brightness of the Earth, is in the foreground, closer to the viewer.
and the more lonely he seems.
Photographed with the spacecraft “Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Shoemaker” (“NEAR Shoemaker”). Date: January 23, 1998.
The NASA NEAR spacecraft, sent in 1996 to the asteroid Eros, made these images of the Earth and the Moon. At the South Pole of our planet, Antarctica is visible.
Most images do not accurately display the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Filmed on the Voyager-1 automatic probe. Date: September 18, 1977.
Most of the photos of the Earth and the Moon are composite images made up of several images, since the objects are far from each other. But above you see the first photo in which our planet and its natural satellite are captured in one frame. The picture was taken by the Voyager-1 probe on the way to its “big tour” in the Solar System.
Only having overcome hundreds of thousands or even millions of kilometers, then returning back, we can truly appreciate the distance that lies between the two worlds.
Filmed on the Mars-Express automatic interplanetary station. Date: July 3, 2003.
The automatic interplanetary station of the European space agency Max-Express (Mars Express), heading for Mars, took this picture of the Earth at a distance of millions of kilometers.
This is a huge and empty space.
Filmed by NASA Mars Odyssey orbiter. Date: April 19, 2001.
This infrared photograph, taken from a distance of 2.2 million kilometers, shows a huge distance between the Earth and the Moon – about 385 thousand kilometers, or about 30 Earth diameters. The Mars Odyssey spacecraft made this image heading for Mars.
But even together, the Earth-Moon system looks insignificant in deep space.
Filmed by NASA Yunona automatic interplanetary station. Date: August 26, 2011.
NASA’s Yunona spacecraft took this picture during its nearly 5-year journey to Jupiter, where it is conducting research into a gas giant.
From the surface of Mars, our planet seems just another “star” in the night sky, which puzzled early astronomers.
Filmed on the Mars Mars Exploration Rover rover. Date: March 9, 2004.
About two months after landing on Mars, the Mars rover Spirit took a photo of the Earth, looking like a tiny dot. NASA says it is “the first ever image of the Earth taken from the surface of another planet beyond the Moon.”
Earth is lost in Saturn’s shining ice rings.
Filmed on the Cassini automatic interplanetary station. Date: September 15, 2006.
NASA’s Cassini Space Station took 165 photographs in the shadow of Saturn to create this mosaic image with a backlit gas giant. Left in the image crept into the earth.
At a distance of billions of kilometers from the Earth, as Carl Sagan sarcastically remarked, our world is just a “pale blue dot,” a small and lonely ball on which all our triumphs and tragedies are played..
Filmed by the automatic probe “Voyager 1.” Date: February 14, 1990.
This picture of the Earth is one of the frames in the series of “portraits of the solar system” that Voyager 1 took at a distance of about 4 billion miles from home.
From the speech of Sagan:
“Probably, there is no better demonstration of stupid human ignorance than this detached picture of our tiny world. It seems to me that she emphasizes our responsibility, our duty to be kinder to each other, to keep and cherish the pale blue dot — our only home. ”
The message of Sagan is unchangeable: there is only one Earth, therefore we must do everything in our power to protect it, protect it mainly from ourselves.
Filmed by a moon probe SELENE / Kaguya. Date: April 5, 2008.
The Japanese artificial satellite of the moon “Kaguya” (also known as SELENE) shot this video of the Earth ascending over the Moon with an acceleration of 1000% to the 40th anniversary of the photo “Earth Rising” taken by the crew of Apollo 8.