Last night the Rosetta spacecraft took this stunning image of Earth, showing the rosy crescent of the southern pole lit by the summer sun. (It’s nearing the height of summer in Antarctica, when the sun never fully sets for several months.) Click for a larger view.
I rotated the image so that south is up, cropped it and extended the blackness of space a bit to the left and right. See the original release here, as well as an intriguing view of the nighttime lights of eastern North America as seen by Rosetta.
(Read more about the Rosetta mission on my previous post.)
Image: ESA ©2009 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
For the first time in my life I saw the horizon as a curved line. It was accentuated by a thin seam of dark blue light—our atmosphere. Obviously this was not the ocean of air I had been told it was so many times in my life. I was terrified by its fragile appearance.
— Ulf Merbold, first ESA astronaut to fly in space