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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Sees 'Evening Star' Earth

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Feb 6, 2014 7:46 pm via: NASA
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New images from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover show Earth shining brighter than any star in the Martian night sky.

The rover’s view of its original home planet even includes our moon, just below Earth.

This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky.  Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

The images were taken about 80 minutes after sunset during the rover’s 529th Martian day (Jan. 31, 2014).

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project is using Curiosity to assess ancient habitable environments and major changes in Martian environmental conditions. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, built the rover and manages the project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington

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