When home is far away
In a cross-Solar System interplanetary first, our Earth was photographed during the same day from both Mercury and Saturn.
Pictured on the left, Earth is the pale blue dot just below the rings of Saturn, as captured by the robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting the gas giant. Pictured on the right, the Earth-Moon system is seen against a dark background, as captured by the robotic MESSENGER spacecraft now orbiting Mercury. In the MESSENGER image, the Earth (left) and Moon (right) shine brightly with reflected sunlight.
MESSENGER took the overexposed image last Friday ….
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