Watching the Earth Rise Over the Moon in High-Def Is Awesome

Friday, 17 March 2017 - 11:57AM
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Friday, 17 March 2017 - 11:57AM
Watching the Earth Rise Over the Moon in High-Def Is Awesome
Image credit: JAXA, NHK
You've probably seen the famous 1968 photograph Earthrise, which shows the Earth rising out of the dark from the point of view of the Apollo 8 astronauts, who were orbiting around the moon at the time. It's an iconic shot, but technology's come a long way since then—now, we can watch the Earth actually rising over the lunar horizon in hi-def, and surprise, it's magical. Check it out: 



As the video explains, the shots were taken from KAGUYA, a satellite fielded by JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. Here's how they described it:

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The Apollo project was the first mission to take images of Earth rising over the Moon. The KAGUYA successfully shot high-definition images of the Earth-rise showing an impressive image of the blue Earth which was the only floating object in pitch-dark space. These are the world's first high-definition earth images taken from about 380,000 km away from the earth in space.
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