Passing Shot of Earth Makes All Seem Tiny

A spacecraft drive-by has provided new footage of something we all take for granted – the orbit of the moon around Earth.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has flown past our planet on its way to Jupiter, and managed to catch footage of the Moon as it performed an eternal tango with its hefty blue partner.

Juno used a gravitational slingshot manoeuvre to accelerate itself into the solar system after it was launched towards the asteroid belt in early August.

It received a boost in speed of more than 14,000 kph (about 7.3 kilometres per second), which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter.

The spacecraft is equipped with an array of advanced sensors, including a special camera optimised for tracking faint stars, it was this camera that was trained towards Earth as the ship shot by, resulting in an intriguing, low-resolution glimpse of what we would look like to a visitor from afar.

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