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By: Susie77 , 1:23 AM GMT on February 06, 2014

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Looking Backward: Curiosity gazes upon the setting Earth

Posted By Emily Lakdawalla

2014/02/05 11:58 CST


Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us.

Carl Sagan wrote those words about a view of Earth from beyond Neptune, captured by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990. No matter how far we go, Earth pulls at us, tempting us to gaze homeward. Curiosity looked skyward to photograph Earth a few days ago, on the 529th day of her mission to Mars.

I've been visiting midnightplanets.com hourly for the last few days, waiting for the full-resolution images to come down. The other amateurs at unmannedspaceflight.com were looking for the images, too, and since the images hit the web 7 hours ago, several of them have produced their own unique takes on the data set. Here it is, as processed by Damia Bouic: a bright point of light in the twilit sky, setting toward the distant rim of Gale crater. Earth is the little isolated bright dot, left of center.



Rest of article (and more photos of US!) may be found at:
Planetary.org

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