Image of a Double-Planet from Hayabusa 2

A double-planet system: the Earth and Moon as imaged by the Hyabusa 2 craft on November 26, 2015. Credit: JAXA.

A double-planet system: the Earth and Moon as imaged by the Hayabusa 2 craft on November 26, 2015. Credit: JAXA.

An image of the Earth-Moon system from the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe taken on Nov. 26, 2015. The craft, which is on the way to rendezvous with asteroid Ryugu, passed by Earth on December 3, 2015 on its outbound flight. It will probe the asteroid in late 2018, then return a sample of the asteroid to Earth in 2020.

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