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The Red Album

Mars’ foremost photographers pick their favorite images of their favorite planet.

Earth and Moon

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(NASA/ JPL /Malin Space Science Systems)

On May 8, 2003, the Mars Global Surveyor pointed the MOC toward the Earth and Jupiter, both of which were in the same part of the sky (see the full picture here). This was the first image of Earth and the Moon taken through a telescope orbiting Mars. The picture was taken just around sunrise in San Diego, where MOC is operated. MSSS scientist Ken Edgett recalls that on that day, there was a major traffic backup that kept him from getting to work. "However, a friend at the office saw the picture come down [from Mars] and e-mailed the Earth/Moon portion of it to my home address."

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