Ever wondered what the Earth and the Moon look like when viewed from Martian orbit? NASA shared a picture showing them together in a single frame. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured the image 146 million kilometers from Earth. In the image, only the visible parts of the Earth and the Moon can be seen. When the earth appeared blue, the moon appeared white against a dark, black canvas. The image was taken by MRO’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, NASA said.
Although the image was taken in October 2007, it was re-shared by NASA this week. Perseverance and Curiosity rovers on each of the seven missions exploring Mars are “really NASA Earthling”, the US space agency says. They serve as the eyes of scientists exploring the Red Planet. The agency said the robots will help further boost our appreciation for the Earth.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter received this glimpse of the Earth and the Moon. Each of our seven robots now operating on Mars is really a # NASA EarthlingThey act like our eyes when exploring the Red Planet – further enhancing our awareness and appreciation of our blue. pic.twitter.com/7QaMBFoV9y
– NASA Mars (@NASAMars) April 22, 2022
Although clouds are a major feature of the Earth image, it shows the west coast of South America in the lower right.
NASA Said The phase angle at which the image is captured in a statement is 98 degrees, i.e. less than half the direct brightness of the Earth’s disk and the Moon’s disk. NASA says the MRO can only paint the Earth and the Moon in full disk brightness when they are facing the Sun from Mars. But there is a problem: the range is too large and the image is too small compared to this.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in August 2005 and was launched into Mars orbit in March 2006. Its primary purpose is to learn more about the Red Planet, including the history of water currents on or near the Martian surface. It is also a key data relay station for other Mars missions.