On January 31, 2014, about 80 minutes after sunset on its 529th Martian day (or sol), NASA’s Curiosity Rover has turned its camera back home and took this amazing photo of Earth and Moon from a distance of around 99 million miles (160 million kilometers). In the image which has the serial number PIA17936, Earth can be seen as the brightest point of light in the night sky, a little left of the center of the photo, and our Moon appears just below Earth.
Two annotated versions of this image are also available, you can see them below.
- “PIA17936: Bright ‘Evening Star’ Seen from Mars is Earth” on NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Photo Journal
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