NASA Juno Spacecraft Made a Photo of Earth and Moon

Juno spacecraft, on the way to the largest planet in our solar system Jupiter, made pictures of the Earth and the natural satellite of our planet the Moon. According to Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, this view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the universe. The photo that was taken by the spacecraft’s onboard   camera,   JunoCam,  was   made  on  August 26,  2011, when the spacecraft was about 6 million miles (9.66 million kilometers) away. It shows the Earth as a bright white disk on a vast field of black space. 

The spacecraft covered the distance between the Earth and moon, a span of about   250,000 miles   (402,000 km), in less than a single day.  In order to reach Jupiter’s orbit, space probe have to pass an additional 2 800 million kilometers. To overcome this distance will take about 5 years. Juno spacecraft, equipped with solar panels, was launched on August 5 from Cape Canaveral in Florida.