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NASA moon orbiter snaps picture of ‘Earthrise’

NASA moon orbiter snaps picture of ‘Earthrise’

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter prisoner an picture of a Earth rising over a moon’s horizon. 

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Tanya LewisSPACE.com Staff Writer /
May 9, 2014

This image, prisoner Feb. 1, 2014, shows a colorized viewpoint of Earth from a moon-based viewpoint of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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The Earth rises spectacularly as a little blue marble above a moon in a new NASA print that hints during a infirmity of amiability and a proportions of space.

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NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a picture on Feb. 1 with a wide-angle camera, depicting a colorized viewpoint of a Earth rising over a 112-mile-wide (180 kilometers) Rozhdestvenskiy crater. NASA expelled a colorized chronicle of thThe eventuality was one of 12 such “earthrises” that start each day from a viewpoint of a moon.

The LRO spacecraft’s wide-angle camera takes images in a opposite approach than many digital cameras. A standard cellphone camera has some-more than 5 million pixels, since a singular support of a LRO camera has fewer than 10,000 pixels. [Amazing Photos of Earth from Space]

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But a LRO camera builds adult a most incomparable picture by holding mixed exposures as a booster orbits, a technique famous as “push-frame” imaging. Over a march of a month, a orbiter camera collects adequate images to cover a whole moon.

The LRO customarily spends a time staring during a lunar aspect looking for signs of H2O or ice in henceforth shadowed craters. But spasmodic a booster points into space to picture a moon’s exosphere, a skinny atmosphere-like covering surrounding it, or to regulate a craft’s instruments. Sometimes, a booster captures images of Earth (like this one) or other planets creation their swell opposite a heavens.

In a image, Earth is a tone combination of several frames, optimized for a colors blue, immature and red. These colors compare what a tellurian eye detects, so they are loyal to what an normal chairman competence see.

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