Curiosity Looks Back Home

Curiosity looks back home. Click for an annotated verision. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

The rover Curiosity got a look at home with the Mast Cam. The left camera was used for the image which was taken about 80 minutes after the Martian sunset. The Earth is the bright spot just left of center The moon is faintly visible too. Clicking the image will show an annotated versions.

You can click the JPL link below and select a larger version. They are large enough for you to see the moon just below the Earth. Makes a nice desktop too.

From JPL:

This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.
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Researchers used the left eye camera of Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) to capture this scene about 80 minutes after sunset on the 529th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars (Jan. 31, 2014). The image has been processed to remove effects of cosmic rays.
A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright “evening stars.”
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the rover’s Mastcam.

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