NASA spacecraft speeding toward a nearby asteroid snaps incredible photo of Earth and the moon from nearly 40 MILLION miles away

Mail Online | 2/14/2018 | Cheyenne Macdonald For Dailymail.com
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A NASA spacecraft on its way to investigate a nearby asteroid has caught a remarkable glimpse at the orbital dance of Earth and the moon from far away.

In a new image shared today by the space agency, Earth and its only natural satellite are the two brightest specks in a black sky.

Osiris-Rex - Spacecraft - Photo - Miles - Miles

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft snapped the incredible photo from 39.5 million miles away, as it flew by at 19,000 miles per hour (8.5 kilometers per second).

Osiris is on its way to the near-Earth asteroid ‘Bennu,’ in a mission to collect a 2.1-ounce sample and return it to Earth for study.

Asteroid - Bennu - Hunk - Rock - Materials

Asteroid Bennu is said to be a carbon-rich hunk of rock that might contain organic materials or molecular precursors to life.

Osiris-Rex captured the latest image with its NavCam1 imager on January 17 on its way to its target, which it’s expected to reach in August 2018.

Earth - Objects - Pitch-black - Sky

They might not look like the Earth and moon as we know them – but, the two objects stand out in the pitch-black sky all the same.

In the photo, Earth is the largest, brightest object, with the tiny dot of a moon seen by its side. And, tiny bright specks can be seen all around, revealing the many surrounding constellations.

Cluster - Stars - Left - Corner - Pleiades

‘The bright cluster of stars in the upper left corner is the Pleiades in the Taurus constellation,’ according to NASA.

‘The bright cluster of stars in the upper left corner is the Pleiades in the Taurus constellation.

Spacecraft - Views - Home - Planet

The spacecraft has been sending stunning views looking back at its home planet as it soars farther and farther away.

When it was just 3 million...
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