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    News Posts First-Ever Photo Of Earth From Mars

    (May 25, 2003) -- posts the first ever picture of Earth from Mars.

    Just typing the previous sentence is awesome.

    Earth from Mars
    Photo: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

    The photo, with our moon visible in the background, was captured by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft currently orbiting the Red Planet and shows our planet as a tiny alien world in the vast darkness of space.

    The camera aboard MGS photographed both planets in an alignment, as seen in the evening sky of Mars, at 6 a.m. PDT, May 8, 2003. Our planet is in a "half-Earth" phase, specially processed to allow both Earth and the much darker Moon to be visible together.

    Earth from Mars 2
    NASA graphic
    The bright area at the top of Earth is cloud cover over central and eastern North America; the darker area below includes Central America and the Gulf of Mexico; near the center right are bright clouds over northern South America.

    The image also shows the Earth-facing hemisphere of the Moon, since the Moon was on the far side of Earth as viewed from Mars.

    For more photos and details, click here...and enjoy.

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