Us, as seen from Mercury

The Earth and Moon from 183 million kilometers (114 million miles)

NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft sent back this picture of the Earth and Moon while orbiting Mercury. The picture was taken on May 6, 2010–a simpler time. Mercury and the Earth were farther apart at the time than the Earth is from the Sun (150 million kilometers). MESSENGER took the photo while searching for vulcanoids (rocks thought to exist between Mercury and the Sun).

You can compare the view of our neighborhood with the one taken in 2006 by the Cassini spacecraft.

The Earth from the other side of Saturn on September 15, 2006.

You can find the Earth if you enlarge the image and look just within the second ring from the outside at about 10 o’clock.

You are probably asking yourself, How can they get that kind of quality when I can’t with my iPhone? Relax, it was a composite photo.

  1. Wow. So tiny.

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