MSL CURIOSITY CAPTURES A PHOTO OF HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Photo Credit: NASA/JPL MSL Curiosity: CLICK photo for larger view and see below for information and links.
This terrific photo of Evening Star Earth and the Moon was taken from inside Gale Crater by Mars Science Lab (MSL) Curiosity on January 31, 2014 or Sol 529 approximately 80 minutes after sunset at Dingo Gap. At the time Mars was 99 million miles (166 million km) from Earth.
There’s not really a bunch of information that goes along with this but none the less the big picture really drives the point home.
This is a photo of our Pale Blue Dot…..our entire species resides there and its photo was taken by a nuclear powered robot car/science laboratory that we sent there in spectacular fashion. That is a testament to what great minds, desire and execution can achieve…….And it’s pretty damn cool!
JPL/MSL Curiosity mission page for these photos: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowNews&NewsID=1598
JPL Space Images page for all three versions of this photo: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA17936
NASA MSL Curiosity page for these photos: http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/msl/earth-view-from-mars-20140206/