One cool photo

This image captured on Dec. 19, 2018, by a camera on the Osiris-Rex spacecraft shows the asteroid Bennu, top right, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) from the spacecraft, and the Earth and moon, bottom left, more than 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away. Bennu, just 1,600 feet (500 meters) across, is the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin Space via AP)
Detail: Earth and moon in the same photo

21 thoughts on “One cool photo

  1. Almost too much to grasp having our world plus our moon show in a real photo of a waaaaay distant body we could never see ourselves, and that we look like stars– heavenly bodies, not rock stars ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wow!

    1. Not to mention the feat of putting a satellite into orbit around a tiny asteroid. That’s amazing enough in itself. (It took 2 years to get there!) It shows how smart we are when we try … and how really insignificant we are in the Big Picture. I still can’t truly comprehend the vastness of the universe.

    1. I was just reading about it, the mission, etc. The spacecraft is actually going to bring back samples from Bennu’s surface. Have yet to read how it’s going to get those samples.

      (Note: The article you referenced explains how the samples will be gathered.)

    1. Hi, stranger! Good to see you. I thought about you when I posted this.

      It is very cool, isn’t it. Awesome, amazing, mind-blowing. My vocabulary doesn’t contain appropriate words.

  2. I’ve just been sitting here; mouth wide open in disbelief

    We just seem to be sitting there in space, nothing around us, not moving. yet we’re spinning, eternally, at speeds we can not envisage.

    Just another couple of dots in this timeless Universe.

... and that's my two cents