Images From Offworld

Robotic probes launched by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and others are gathering information all across the solar system. We currently have spacecraft in orbit around the Sun, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, a comet, and Saturn; two operational rovers on Mars; and a recent close flyby of Pluto and its moons. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are still performing experiments in low Earth orbit and sending back amazing photos. With all these eyes in the sky, I’d once again like to put together a recent photo album of our solar system—a set of family portraits—as seen by our astronauts and mechanical emissaries. This time, we have our closest look yet at the bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres, the shadow of an eclipse on Earth seen from a million miles away, a variety of landscapes on Mars, wonderful images of Saturn and its moons, several images from Pluto, and, of course, lovely images of our home, planet Earth.

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