Years before Earth’s photo shoot last week from Saturn and Mercury, our planet was the darling of earlier space probes. Images from Voyager 1 (1977, 1990), Galileo (1992), an earlier Mercury MESSENGER flyby (2005), the Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya (2007), EPOXI (2008) and the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity come to mind. Not to mention the iconic imagery of our blue globe floating above the barren moon shot by the Apollo astronauts from 1969 to 1972.
Inspired by yesterday’s quick turnaround of fresh photos taken from deep space, here are a few others for you to enjoy … for old times’ sake. Clicking any image will take you to a larger version: