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Earth from the Moon
Earth from the Moon

This image shows the Earth as seen by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper aboard the Chandrayaan-1 orbiter, India’s first lunar scientific satellite.

Earth’s colors appear as super-saturated blue, green and white through the mapper’s eye, which is designed to analyze the composition of the moon’s surface and help look for possible water resources for use by future lunar explorers.

Eastern Asia and Australia can be seen in this view of the Earth, as well as the western edge of Alaska.

The Chandrayaan-1 orbiter was launched on October 22, 2008 and established lunar orbit on November 8. Its goal is to create a 3D map of the moon’s surface and analyze its surface composition for information about its development and origin. NASA’s Mineralogy Mapper is on board the orbiter and is managed by Carle Pieters of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and Mary White at JPL in Pasadena, CA.

Image: NASA/JPL/Brown University