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June 29, 1995
The Earth-Moon System
Picture Credit: NASA, JPL, Galileo Project
A double planet? From 4 million miles away on December 16, 1992, NASA's
took this picture of the Earth-moon system. The bright,
sunlit half of the Earth contrasts strongly with the darker subdued
colours of the moon.
Our moon is one of the largest moons in the solar system. It is
even larger than the planet Pluto. In this picture,
the Earth-moon system actually appears to be a double planet.
For more information see
NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory press release.
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