It's Just So Beautiful: Earthrise From The Moon Captured By NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

December 28, 2015


Note: Full-res version HERE in case you want to print it out and tape it to a wall in your office and pretend you're a million (actually around 240,000) miles away.

This is a composite photo of an earthrise taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from about 84 miles above the moon's surface. Me? I want to be zero miles above the moon's surface. I want to be SITTING ON IT. And I want to be in a kiddy pool sipping space beers and yelling at earth. Look at you, you big blue ball of shit! Just kidding, you're amazing.

In this composite image we see Earth appear to rise over the lunar horizon from the viewpoint of the spacecraft, with the center of the Earth just off the coast of Liberia (at 4.04 degrees North, 12.44 degrees West). The large tan area in the upper right is the Sahara Desert, and just beyond is Saudi Arabia. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are visible to the left. On the moon, we get a glimpse of the crater Compton, which is located just beyond the eastern limb of the moon, on the lunar farside.

It's almost hard to believe it's even real, isn't it? That's because it isn't and is ALL PART OF AN ELABORATE GOVERNMENT HOAX. At least if you believe what my grandma says. Of course she also believes pro wrestling is real and if you tell her it isn't or that Dwayne Johnson isn't the most handsome man alive she'll catch you in the back with a folding chair AND un-invite you to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. She's kinda terrifying. Makes incredible pies though.

Thanks to Alyson, who would turn her chair the other way and gaze off into the darkness.

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