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APOD: 2024 January 24 Ń Earth and Moon from Beyond
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APOD: 2024 January 24 Ń Earth and Moon from Beyond
Credit & Copyright: NASA, Artemis I; Processing: Andy Saunders
Explanation: What do the Earth and Moon look like from beyond the Moon? Although frequently photographed together, the familiar duo was captured with this unusual perspective in late 2022 by the robotic Orion spacecraft of NASA's Artemis I mission as it looped around Earth's most massive satellite and looked back toward its home world. Since our Earth is about four times the diameter of the Moon, the satelliteŃs seemingly large size was caused by the capsule being closer to the smaller body. Artemis II, the next launch in NASAŃs Artemis series, is currently scheduled to take people around the Moon in 2025, while Artemis III is planned to return humans to lunar surface in late 2026. Last week, JAXA's robotic SLIM spacecraft, launched from Japan, landed on the Moon and released two hopping rovers.

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