SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Baby Star, Crescent Earth, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Baby Star, Crescent Earth, More
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November 13, 2009--Earth creates a blue crescent against the blackness of space as seen by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft.

The picture was snapped from 393,300 miles (633,000 kilometers) away as Rosetta made its third and final flyby of Earth, gathering speed for the probe's planned 2014 rendevous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The joint ESA-NASA mission aims to be the first to catch up with a comet and land a robot on its icy surface.
—Photograph courtesy ESA, NASA
 
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