NASA shares incredible composite image of Earth and its moon as seen from Mars by MRO
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The US space agency NASA mesmerizes space enthusiasts by sharing stunning images of earth captured from space. Several astronauts aboard International Space Station and satellites orbiting Earth have shot some incredible pics of our planet. However, what US space agency has shared this time, is one of the best and unique shot of Earth and moon ever.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that is orbiting Mars has shown how Earth and Moon together appear when seen from the red planet. The breathtaking view was taken on Nov. 20, 2016 by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Scientists at NASA revealed that the spacecraft was nearly 127 million miles away from the Earth when it clicked the image.

MRO captured Earth and Moon differently and scientists at the US space agency later processed and stitched the images to make one composite picture that shows both — the moon and Earth. Also, scientists have maintained the correct aspect ratio of both the celestial object while joining the image.

The combined view retains the correct positions and sizes of the two bodies relative to each other. The distance between Earth and the moon is about 30 times the diameter of Earth. Earth and the moon appear closer than they actually are in this image because the observation was planned for a time at which the moon was almost directly behind Earth, from Mars’ point of view, to see the Earth-facing side of the moon.

In the image, the reddish feature near the middle of the face of Earth is Australia. With HiRISE and five other instruments, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been investigating Mars since 2006.

The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colorado. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the orbiter and collaborates with JPL to operate it.

Also, see top 16 images of Earth shortlisted by NASA that were captured in 2016. These images show Earth in shades and patterns like you have never seen before. From a sunset over the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean to thunderstorms over the Philippine Sea, from Dubai to Aurora Australis, the images seem ethereal.

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Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars, Image Credit NASA
Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars, Image Credit: NASA

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  • Francisc Mos

    Just a little hard to believe this picture.We see Mars as a point.
    How can that camera see Earth and specially the Moon in all its glory?

    • Marvin the Martian

      The magic of lenses and also magnifying a digital image with a computer.

    • Mark

      Ahhh. Now your post with the video from Pierre Sprey makes sense.

      You naturally distrust everything.

      You’re predisposed to be scared of everything; especially the establishment – which is why you’re prone to listen to and believe every outsider and fringe-opinion that comes along.
      You’re a paranoid, conspiracy-theorist, fruit loop.
      Listening to the outsiders reinforces to you that your “distrust” is valid.
      Sorry, but no. Your level of distrust is not healthy. A balanced and healthy distrust – or “skepticism” – is necessary. But a complete eschewing of established facts because of your distrust is not.

      Your comment above is a perfect example.

      Your kneejerk reaction is to doubt the photo’s authenticity – and then post that doubt – instead of admitting your lack of technical experience to understand how such a photo is possible, and then research how it might have been done (or research how it WAS done), BEFORE posting.

      But then you probably believe that any explanation you might reveal or be provided is just techno-babble meant to cover what you already believe/know to be fake.

      You have a serious problem. You should probably seek some serious help for it.