Tuesday, May 10, 2005

You Are Here! All This Is That!

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Earth as seen from Mars. This is us, pals! You can download a high resolution version of this image.

This is the first photo of the Earth from the surface of another planet (Mars). We've had moon photos, of course, but that's a snap. The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this photo.

The image is a mosaic of images taken by the rover's navigation camera showing a broad view of the sky, and an image taken by the rover's panoramic camera of Earth. The contrast in the camera image was increased to make Earth easier to see. We're just a pale little flare of light in the far far distance. The arrow points to Earth.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/Texas A&M

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