Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft image of Earth and moon

Juno captured this image of the Earth and moon on August 26, 2011 from about six million miles away.

Feel small? I do, after seeing this image. After blasting off to Jupiter on August 5, 2011, and traveling only 6 million miles (9.66 million kilometers) on its five-year journey, the Juno spacecraft turned and captured this image of our Earth (left) and moon (right, very faint).

Earth and moon as seen by Juno, August 26, 2011

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After leaving Earth, the solar-powered Juno spacecraft covered the same distance as from Earth to the moon (about 250,000 miles or 402,000 kilometers) in less than one day’s time. It acquired this image on August 26, as part of a routine check of the craft’s instruments.

It will take the Juno spacecraft another five years and 1,740 million miles (2,800 million kilometers) to complete the journey to Jupiter.

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