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Ever wonder what those iconic space photos that NASA posts ever so often would look like if the probes were equipped with smartphone cameras? If so, then astronomer Scott Manley’s 12.5-minute video should do the trick. Spacecraft, like the DSCOVR Earth observation satellite, are all equipped with telescope-like specialized cameras, so you’d expect them to capture images, such as this photo of the Moon passing in front of Earth, to look much more spectacular than one photographed with an iPhone, right? Read more to find out.
“Manley shows various examples of the large distances famous shots were actually taken at using NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System, a free app that ‘lets you explore the planets, their moons, asteroids, comets and the spacecraft exploring them from 1950 to 2050,'” reports Peta Pixel.