Mars is many millions of miles away, but it’s not always as far away as you think. The powerful scientific instruments we’ve deployed to the Red Planet can occasionally give us a glimpse of our own humble planet from a different perspective. NASA has just released a new image that shows Earth and the Moon as seen from Mars, courtesy of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
As the name implies, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is in orbit of the Red Planet, and has been since 2006. It was launched in 2005 after being built by Lockheed Martin. This satellite has proven invaluable in analyzing the surface of Mars with visible light cameras, radar, and spectrophotometers. It even snapped a photo of Curiosity parachuting down to Mars in 2012.