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NASA Asteroid Probe Takes Picture of Earth From 71 Million Miles Away



It is always a bit hypnotizing to see photos taken from the Earth from space. Besides remembering how beautiful our great old Blue Marble is, it's one of those things that stops you in your tracks and makes you go "huh, I'm small". Well, get ready to feel like an even smaller blip in the universe, because NASA has just released a new photo of our planet from a staggering 71 million miles away.

The new photo, which was taken by the navigation cam on the OSIRIS-REx probe during its mission to explore the asteroid Bennu, makes the Earth appear like a bit of a bit in the vast darkness. In the black and white photo (published below), you can see our planet in the lower left corner, with the moon right next to it. The blindingly bright white spot in the foreground is actually only the asteroid Bennu, which has been overexposed. Star nerds will also notice the head of the constellation of Hyrdra visible in the lower right corner.

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