Did you know that the #Earthrise photo taken by astronaut William Anders on #Apollo8 was one of the first color photos taken of #Earth from the moon? This first brilliantly blue view of Earth from its neighbor is credited with greatly influencing the modern environmental movement. BTW, this photo was taken on #ChristmasEve 1968 - happy holidays from #KennedySpaceCenter!
Moon shown in highest resolution yet in image made of 32,000 pictures
The moon passed between Nasa's Deep Space Climate Observatory and the Earth, allowing the satellite to capture this rare image of the moon's far side in full sunlight. We normally don't see this side of the moon. As the moon is tidally locked to the earth and doesn't rotate, we only ever see the one face from the earth. Awesome shot!
Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)