NASA’s Curiosity rover recently captured a lovely panorama of Earth and Venus from the surface of Mars, according tomedia CNET. After the sun set on June 5, the probe captured Earth and Venus. “Because of the combination of distance and dust in the air, the two planets appear to be point-of-point light, and they usually look like very bright stars,” NASA said in a press release Monday.
Images from Curiosity’s mast camera combine the two lenses into one and also show a silhouette of the top of Tower Butte, a landscape feature of the Gale Crater.
Mars has entered the dust storm season. A huge dust storm on Mars in 2018 has led to the loss of NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover, which relies on sunlight. The Curiosity probe uses a nuclear power source, so it can withstand dust better than its predecessors.
Curiosity is currently the only spacecraft on Mars that works, but NASA plans to launch the “Persistence” probe in July. If all goes well, it will land on Mars in February 2021, when NASA will once again be able to survey the red planet’s geology and history with two rovers.