When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth in October of this year, it’s captured an incredible moment that no one ever captured, Moon orbiting Earth. According to Scott Bolton (NASA’s Juno principal investigator) ” if Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise said, ‘Take us home, Scotty,’ this is what the crew would see.” It’s truly an incredible sequence—the first time ever that the Moon has been captured orbiting Earth.
Bolton describes the video: “In the video, you ride aboard Juno as it approaches Earth and then soars off into the blackness of space. No previous view of our world has ever captured the heavenly waltz of Earth and moon.”
The moment was captured when Juno flew past Earth on October 9, 2013. In that pass, the ship accelerated to more than 8,800mph (7.3 kilometer per second), which put in en route to meet Jupiter on July 4, 2016. The scientists tested one of Juno’s cameras, “optimized to track faint stars” by capturing this incredible view of the Earth and the Moon on their eternal dance.
As the designer of the star tracker—John Jørgensen of the Danish Technical University—put it: “Everything we humans are and everything we do is represented in that view.”
Indeed. It may make you feel insignificant, but you should feel incredibly lucky to have materialized in this precious tiny planet of ours.