Earth  ID: 4408

LROC Earthset

This image of the Earth setting behind the lunar horizon was taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) on October 12, 2015. The image is a composite of pixels from the narrow-angle (NAC) and wide-angle (WAC) sensors. Here, it has been cropped to a 16:9 frame aspect for display on NASA's hyperwall.

Because the Moon is tidally locked to the Earth, an observer on the Moon doesn't actually see the Earth rise and set. The setting that's occurring in this instance is caused by the orbital motion of the spacecraft.

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LROC: Looking over the Limb

Visualization Credits

Mark Robinson (Arizona State University): Lead Scientist
Ernie Wright (USRA): Graphics
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NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

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LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

Data Used:
LRO/LROC/Narrow Angle Camera also referred to as: NAC
October 12, 2015
LRO/Wide Angle Camera also referred to as: LROC WAC
Observed Data - October 12, 2015
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