NASA’s Curiosity Rover Photographs Earth for the First Time!

Earth and Moon as Seen from Mars…

 

On January 31, 2014, NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet as a bright light in the Martian sky, with the moon shining nearby.

The $2.5 billion rover has been exploring the vast Gale Crater on Mars since August 2012. During its 529th day on the Martian surface, the rover apparently watched the Martian sunset, then photographed Earth in the night sky about 80 minutes later.

“A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright evening stars,” said NASA officials.  Aside from some processing to remove the effects of cosmic rays, the Curiosity photographs are unmodified, they added.

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