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The far side of the moon
The image above was taken by the Soviet Union’s Zond 8 spacecraft to observe and study the side of the moon that cannot be seen from Earth. 
The terrain is very different than the near side and recently UC Santa Cruz researchers published a study as to why that is.  They theorize that there was a “giant splat" from an ancient smaller moon that caused this feature:

"The mountainous region on the far side of the moon, known as the lunar farside highlands, may be the solid remains of a collision with a smaller companion moon.  The near side is relatively low and flat, while the topography of the far side is high and mountainous, with a much thicker crust. A Mars-sized object collided with Earth early in the history of the solar system and ejected debris that coalesced to form the moon. The study suggests that this giant impact also created another, smaller body, initially sharing an orbit with the moon, that eventually fell back onto the moon and coated one side with an extra layer of solid crust tens of kilometers thick."

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Earth Seen by Apollo 10  just after trans-lunar insertion

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A view of the newly-completed Soviet/Russian space station Mir, shown over the limb of the Earth, as seen from the Space Shuttle Atlantis following undocking during STS-79
The Cosmos extends, for all practical purposes, forever. After a brief sedentary hiatus, we are resuming our ancient nomadic way of life. Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds throughout the Solar System and beyond, will be unified by their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that, whatever other life may be, the only humans in all the Universe come from Earth. They will gaze up and strain to find the blue dot in their skies. They will love it no less for its obscurity and fragility. They will marvel at how vulnerable the repository of all our potential once was, how perilous our infancy, how humble our beginnings, how many rivers we had to cross before we found our way.

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City lights of the Eastern United States, imaged by Suomi NPP on October 1st, 2013.  High Resolution (7500x5000)
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