NASA Captures Unprecedented View of Moon Orbiting Earth

On October 9th, NASA's Juno spacecraft made a close pass of Earth on its way to Jupiter. The flyby, which helped boost Juno's speed by almost 9,000 miles-per-hour, was captured from the spacecraft's perspective by a low-res camera optimized to track faint stars, giving us a never-before-seen view of the moon orbiting Earth.

"If Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise said, 'Take us home, Scotty,' this is what the crew would see," said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, in a statement. "In the movie, you ride aboard Juno as it approaches Earth and then soars off into the blackness of space. No previous view of our world has ever captured the heavenly waltz of Earth and moon."

With its added speed boost, Juno is on course to arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, where it will use its various instruments to uncover more about Jupiter's origins, internal structure and atmosphere.

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