Juno’s Earth Protrait
NASA’s Juno probe captured this stunning composite portrait of Earth (false-colored here) during its Oct. 9 fly-by, slingshotting past its home planet to gain speed for its journey to Jupiter.
We’re seeing part of South America and a thick blanket of clouds over the south Atlantic. As it passed, NASA made a final check of crucial instruments before watching Juno leave the nest for good. Amateur radio operators even sent Morse code messages to the probe saying “Hi Juno”, and NASA hopes to share that with us soon.
For more on Juno’s mission, check out NASA’s mission page, and this fine graphic from Chris Inton: