Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Earth Departure Movie

"The Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft captured several stunning images of Earth during a gravity assist swingby of its home planet on Aug. 2, 2005. Several hundred images, taken with the wide-angle camera in MESSENGER's Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS), were sequenced into a movie documenting the view from MESSENGER as it departed Earth.

"Comprising 358 frames taken over 24 hours, the movie follows Earth through one complete rotation. The spacecraft was 40,761 miles (65,598 kilometers) above South America when the camera started rolling on Aug. 2. It was 270,847 miles (435,885 kilometers) away from Earth -- farther than the Moon's orbit -- when it snapped the last image on Aug. 3." (Via Boing Boing.)

This footage is genuinely beautiful and awe-inspiring. Absolutely worth the download, even if -- like me -- you're stuck with dial-up.

2 comments:

KennyJC said...

Well I took the liberty of downloading it in 30 seconds at the measley speed of 200kps.

Anyway, great video. I can't believe everything I know is on that little blue sphere.

razorsmile said...

And you think your day went by fast!

:D

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