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.