Earthrise on October 12, 2015. Image: NASA This stunningly beautiful earthrise image composed from a series of images taken on October 12, 2015, when Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was about 83 miles (134 kilometers) above the moon’s farside crater Compton. It was published on December 18, 2015. In this composite image we see Earth appear to rise over the lunar horizon from the viewpoint of the spacecraft, with the center of the Earth just off the coast of Liberia (at 4.04 degrees North, 12.44 degrees West). The large tan area in the upper right is the Sahara Desert, and just beyond is Saudi Arabia. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are visible to the left. On the moon, we get a glimpse of the crater Compton, which is located just beyond the eastern limb of the moon, on the lunar farside. Definitely one of the most beautiful images of Earth from space.
Launched on June 18, 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a NASA unmanned robotic spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon in an eccentric polar mapping orbit.