NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew by Earth on Wednesday Oct. 9 getting a slingshot-like blast of speed it needed to reach Jupiter. While it shot around us, it snapped some pictures of the planet we call home.
Juno started its five-year journey on Aug. 5, 2011. Though the craft has mysteriously entered “safe mode,” it’s started sending these images back to Earth. Mission control isn’t too worried about this little glitch — everything still seems to be working on the craft.
The image was taken at 3:06:30 p.m. EST on Oct. 9 while flying over South America and the southern Atlantic Ocean. Check it out:
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