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Picture of the Week: Mass Transit January 1, 2009

Posted by Nick Azer in Uncategorized.

That, by way of Phil Plait’s neat ‘Top Ten Astrononomy Photos of 2008‘  at DiscoverMagazine.com‘s Bad Astronomy blog, is a NASA image from the Deep Impact mission of the Moon transiting the Earth.

This shot was taken from 30 million miles away, as part of the second mission of the Deep Impact craft (it completed its original mission, impacting part of itself into a comet in order to study the comet’s composition, before returning past Earth in 2007 to do the EPOXI mission, studying extrasolar planets and possibly Comet Hartley 2).

What’s really amazing is there is actually video to go along, embedded below:



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