If you think living on Earth gives us a good view of the moon, well, imagine things the other way around. A spectacular new photo captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), shows what it's like to see the Earth rise above the moon's surface, or "Earthrise," from its unique vantage point in orbit around our planet's one and only natural satellite. As you can see, it's breathtaking.
"The image is simply stunning," said Noah Petro, Deputy Project Scientist for LRO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, in a press release. "The image of the Earth evokes the famous 'Blue Marble' image taken by Astronaut Harrison Schmitt during Apollo 17, 43 years ago, which also showed Africa prominently in the picture."
But, really, this photo makes the whole "Blue Marble" comparison feel like we're selling our magnificent home planet a bit short. Check out the full version below: