“a special perspective of our role and place in the universe…”

Three weeks into its journey to our friend and lord, Jupiter, Nasa’s Juno spacecraft has taken a look back at its home planet [on the left] and its natural satellite, the Moon.  [Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]

From the Nasa press release

“This is a remarkable sight people get to see all too rarely,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “This view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the universe. We see a humbling yet beautiful view of ourselves.”

The image was taken by the spacecraft’s camera, JunoCam, on Aug. 26 when the spacecraft was about 6 million miles (9.66 million kilometers) away. The image was taken as part of the mission team’s checkout of the Juno spacecraft. The team is conducting its initial detailed checks on the spacecraft’s instruments and subsystems after its launch on Aug. 5.

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  • nightrider

    Carl Sagan’s ‘pale blue dot’.

  • Pete Baker


    That’s a slightly different perspective.

  • Greenflag

    ‘what are the odds of a race of primates evolving to sentience, developing spaceflight, and sending the sound of barking dogs into the cosmos?’

    About 5,000 trillion gazillion to one 😉

    ‘what are the odds of a race of politicians and economists and policy makers and corporate CEO’s evolving to sentience, developing real and practical solutions to the humanity’s resource predicament in the here and now ?

    About 6,000 trillion gazillion to one ;(

    ‘What are the odds of sending the sound of barking bankster gangsters into the cosmos to beyond the Andromeda Galaxy ?’

    Sadly even greater although it must be possible to send more than a few one a one way no return jaunt to have a closer gander at the Jovian red spot . A new mission for NASA perhaps and one that would no doubt enjoy overwhelming popular appeal

    BTW -Thanks for the update on Juno