Curiosity takes its first photo of Earth from Mars surface

Curiosity's Mastcam captures Earth as a "bright evening star."
By Kristen Butler   |   Feb. 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

PASADENAFeb. 7 (UPI) -- NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has taken a photo of Earth from the Martian surface some 99 million miles away.

The photo was captured by the robotic science lab's Mast Camera, or Mastcam, about 80 minutes after sunset on Jan. 31. NASA researchers say a human with normal vision standing on Mars would "easily" have seen Earth and the moon as two "evening stars."

Curiosity landed in the Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012, and is now on a months-long journey toward Mount Sharp for further study.


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