Wandering through the realms of the cosmos, pondering its huge vastness

Earth and Moon as seen from Mercury

A 'Double Planet' Seen From Mercury

A very amazing and humbling image :)

This was the latest view from NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) spacecraft.

For the first time we see Earth as a fully illuminated superior planet 114 million mile outward from Mercury. Earth really looks like a double star because the moon is closely next to it.

Seeing our planet reduced to a pinpoint when photographed from elsewhere in the outer space reminds me of how little and insignificant we are compared to the vast size of the universe :)

“When I consider your heavens . . the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?” Psalm 8:3

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image credit: NASA

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  3. Michael

    Amazing to see the Earth and Moon just as dots in another world’s sky. Indeed, though David the Psalmist didn’t have a modern knowledge of the vastness of the universe, he could easily see that it was truly vast, and we tiny in comparison – but also that God’s attitude toward us was not determined by our smallness or lowly spot in the universe!

    I’m looking forward to MESSENGER’s upcoming arrival into orbit around Mercury next March. I remember in October, 2008, about the time MESSENGER made a Mercury flyby, seeing Mercury shine so brightly in the morning sky that I briefly mistook it for Venus.

    August 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm

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