Photo of the Week: NASA releases new high-res Earthrise image

Mon Jan 4, 2016 at 02:33 PM

LRO Earth photo

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently captured a view of Earth as the spacecraft was in orbit around the moon.

"The image is simply stunning," said Noah Petro, Deputy Project Scientist for LRO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "The image of the Earth evokes the famous 'Blue Marble' image taken by Astronaut Harrison Schmitt during Apollo 17, 43 years ago, which also showed Africa prominently in the picture."

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