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Ever wondered what a moonrise looks like from space? Aboard the ISS, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata just captured and shared this otherworldly photo of the crescent Moon rising from Earth's atmosphere:

Click the image to see the NASA page.

This is not a false-color image: The gas and dust in each layer of the atmosphere act as prisms, filtering out certain wavelengths of light. You can't really get a view like this from Earth (well, for a lot of reasons, but that's one.) Here's another shot of a moonrise from space, taken by astronaut Ron Garan in 2011:

Click the image to see Ron Garan's Twitpics page.

Happy moonrise Friday!



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Feb. 7th, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
That is neat!

And with pics like this, who needs to photoshop all the planets together into an arc? The real thing looks just as cool.
Feb. 7th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! It's like the "Pale, Blue Dot" image:

Earth, as photographed by the Voyager spacecraft from four billion miles away. Click the image to see the NASA page discussing Earth
in this context.

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