The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has shared a stunning image of planet Earth and its Moon against the dark background of space captured from Mars orbit, and it’s all set to amaze you.
The image shared by NASA was captured by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) when Earth was 142 million kilometers from Mars.
“Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this glimpse of Earth and the Moon. Each of our seven robots currently working on Mars is truly a #NASAEarthling, acting as our eyes as they explore the Red Planet – deepening our understanding and appreciation of our blue planet.” NASA wrote.
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In the image, the Earth appears blue and the moon appears white against the dark background. Clouds are the dominant feature of the Earth image, it showed the outline of the west coast of South America in the lower right. The image was taken by the MRO’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, NASA said.
Although the image was taken in October 2007, it was shared again by NASA this week.
NASA said in a statement that at the time the image was captured, the phase angle was 98 degrees, which means less than half of Earth’s disk and Moon’s disk are illuminated. directly. NASA said the MRO can only image the Earth and Moon at full disk illumination when they are on the opposite side of the Sun to Mars. But there is a problem: the range would be much larger and the image would have less detail compared to this one.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in August 2005 and entered Mars orbit in March 2006. Its main purpose was to learn more about the Red Planet, including the history of water flows on or near the Martian surface. It has also been a key data relay station for other Mars missions.