Stunning New Photograph of Earth from Space

A comet-chasing spacecraft swinging by Earth this week has snapped magnificent new images of our home planet.

The new photos come from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, which will make its closest approach by Earth Friday at 2:45 a.m. EST (0745 GMT), during its third and final flyby past the planet.

The Rosetta spacecraft's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured three images of Earth with an orange, green and blue filter, and from a distance of about 393,330 miles (633,000 km). The resulting illuminated crescent is a combination of the trio.

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