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Martian rover captures stellar sunset view of Earth

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA on Thursday released a stunning view of our home planet as viewed 99 million miles away from the surface of Mars.

Poised on the rust colored sands of the Martian desert, NASA's Curiosity rover recorded a unique view of our Earth and moon about eighty minutes after sun set.

The image was taken on January 31, and features Earth as a small "star" with her moon located faintly below the planet.

NASA spokesperson Guy Webster at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California stated this was the rover's first snapshot of her home planet since arriving on Mars in August 2012.

Webster added that the camera on the rover's mast recorded the image as darkness fell upon the surface concluding it's 529th Martian day.

On social media, the car sized rover Tweeted, "Look Back in Wonder... My 1st picture of Earth from the surface of Mars." The JPL-ran @MarsCuriosity Twitter account updates followers in real time with status updates.

(Charles Atkeison reports on aerospace, science and technology. Follow his updates via Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)