MRo

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took this stunning view of the Earth system November 20, 2016. The spacecraft was calibrating its HiRISE camera and used the Earth as a target.

The Moon is presented in its relative size compared to the Earth, and was on the opposite side of the planet from the spacecraft.

Details such as cloud banks are visible, as is the continent of Australia, the brown spot on the planet’s disk.

Two images were combined to create the final photograph; since the moon reflects a different amount of light than the Earth, each planet must be captured in different exposures.

MRO, which has been in Martian orbit since 2006, was over 127 million miles away from Earth when it took the images.

P/C: NASA