Parker Solar Probe, Bound For The Sun, Looks Back at Planet Earth

Parker Solar Probe, Bound For The Sun, Looks Back at Planet Earth

A camera aboard NASA's Parker Solar Probe captured these photographs looking back to Earth - the bright circle in the right-hand image - on September 25, 2018.

Earth is the bright, round object visible in the right side of the image, it added. The scientists behind the mission zoomed in on Earth and spotted a unusual bulge on the right side of the planet in the image. This is the moon just peeking out from behind her.

When Parker Solar Probe captured this image, it was about 27 million miles away from Earth.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe, mankind's first mission to "touch" the Sun, has captured images of the Earth from about 27 million miles away, the U.S. space agency said.

On Sept. 25, the sole camera aboard that spacecraft, which launched on August 12, captured a photo of Earth shining brightly in a field of stars.

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The inner telescope produced one image, while the outer telescope produced another, NASA said. In this case, it's from the very bright Earthshine. The elongated mark toward the bottom of the panel is a lens reflection from the WISPR instrument.

In addition, these hemispheres may be when the lens of the probe will be mercury or Venus.

The solar probe's instrument suite will detect and measure the movement of electrons, protons and ions that make up the corona and the solar winds generated there.

NASA's Parker probe left our planet earlier this year on its journey to the sun, where it will bring humanity closer to our solar system's host star than ever before. Eric Christian, a space scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, told UPI ahead of the probe's launch. "Some high-energy solar particles accelerate to almost half the speed of light, and we don't know why".

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