Messenger takes a Family Portrait of the Solar System

The Messenger space probe is due to enter orbit around Mercury next month. A few months ago it looked back from the centre of the Solar System, and captured this unique composite image including all the planets.

Solar System Family Portrait Taken by Messenger

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

From left to right, Venus, the Moon, Earth, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Mars, Mercury and Saturn.  Click the image to view a larger version.

via APOD


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