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The Earth from Mars

At 1:00pm GMT on May 8, 2003, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) took the opportunity to take "the first image of Earth ever taken from another planet that actually shows our home as a planetary disk, according to a recent NASA press release.

Click here for the large, colorized version of the image. (As per NASA: "The MGS MOC...only takes grayscale...images. To "colorize" the image, a Mariner 10 Earth/Moon image taken in 1973 was used to color the MOC Earth and Moon picture, and a recent Cassini image acquired during its Jupiter flyby was used to color the MOC Jupiter picture.") Other images can be found here.

National Geographic also reported on the event.

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Jonathan commented at 12:29 AM on May 26, 2003:

Neat! Too bad we didn't have that type of view of two planets like that from Earth, with the visible disks and moons and everything. That would have gotten rid of many of our early silly cosmology myths.

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