Humans have reached a long way, but we can never resist the urge to look back. And this one is the ultimate look back. From 99million miles away, the Curiosity rover on Mars captured an image of the brightest object in its evening twilight sky, our own Earth and moon, on January 31, 2014. Everything on earth, everything good and bad, past and present is all inside that little dot. Kind of makes us feel small.
“A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright ‘evening stars,'” NASA officials said in the image description. Aside from some processing to remove the effects of cosmic rays, the Curiosity photographs are unmodified, they added.