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We're being snapped from Mars

NASA’s curiosity rover has taken its first photo of Earth from Mars.

NASA’S CURIOSITY ROVER has captured its first images of Earth from Mars.

The $2.5 billion rover has been exploring the vast Gale Crater on the plant since August 2012.

This is the first picture that it’s taken of our world in that time.


The distance between Earth and Mars was about 160 million kilometres at the time of the snap.

The moon can also be seen below Earth in the photo. Further information and in-depth images are available from NASA here.

According to agency officials, the rover watched the Martian sunset and then photographed Earth in the night sky about 80 minutes later.

NASA says their Mars Science Laboratory Project is using Curiosity “to assess ancient habitable environments and major changes in Martian environmental conditions”.

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