Earth and Mars in one photo viewed from lunar orbit




Mars and Earth as viewed from lunar orbit on 24 May 2014. Mars was about 112.5 million km away when this image was acquired, and the Earth was about 376,687 km from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). So, Mars was about 300 times farther away from the Moon than was the Earth and appeared as a small sphere of light in the sky from LRO’s perspective. […] To make the image even more unique, it was taken from lunar orbit by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This two-for-one photo was was acquired in a single shot on May 24, 2014, by the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) on LRO as the spacecraft was turned to face the Earth, instead of its usual view of looking down at the Moon.