Some views of Planet Earth
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Earthrise above the lunar horizon

Taken from Apollo 8, while orbiting the Moon on December 22 1968

The Earth and Moon imaged by Mariner 10 from 2.6 million kilometers while completing the first ever Earth-Moon encounter by a spacecraft capable of returning high resolution digital color image data. These images have been combined to illustrate the relative sizes of the two bodies (courtesy of NASA)

On December 16, 1992, 8 days after its encounter with Earth, the Galileo spacecraft looked back from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometers to capture this remarkable view of the Moon in orbit about Earth. The composite photograph was constructed from images taken through visible (violet, red) and near- infrared (1.0-micron) filters. The Moon is in the foreground; its orbital path is from left to right. Brightly colored Earth contrasts strongly with the Moon, which reflects only about one-third as much sunlight as our world. To improve the visibility of both bodies, contrast and color have been computer enhanced. At the bottom of Earth's disk, Antarctica is visible through clouds. The Moon's far side can also be seen. The shadowy indentation in the Moon's dawn terminator is the South Pole-Aitken Basin, one of the largest and oldest lunar impact features. This feature was studied extensively by Galileo during the first Earth flyby in December 1990  (courtesy of NASA)

This color image of the Earth was obtained by the Galileo spacecraft on Dec. 11, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.5 million miles from the Earth. The color composite used images taken through the red, green and violet filters. Africa stretches from the center to the top of the picture with the Arabian Peninsula off to its right. The white, sunlit continent of Antarctica is at the bottom. This is a frame of the Galileo Earth spin movie, a 500-frame time-lapse motion picture showing a 25-hour period of Earth's rotation and atmospheric dynamics  (courtesy of NASA)
It is impossible - at least according to current theories, unless astronomers can find a reflection of it somewhere in the heavens - to obtain a photograph of our own galaxy, because it would entail a journey lasting millions of years. Instead this is a photograph of another galaxy, similar in shape and size to our own. It contains several billion stars. Apart from the nucleus of the galaxy, the bright spots are foreground stars belonging to our own Milky Way galaxy (unfortunately, I forgot to make a note of its name)