Earth to Mars Climate Orbiter: Are We There Yet? NASA

Like a kid looking out of the window of the family minivan, the camera on board NASA’s Mars Climate Orbiter has snapped its first look at the red planet while it was still 4.5 million kilometers (2.8 million miles) away. The image shows Mars as a tiny red “half moon” dot. It was taken on Tuesday, September 7, by the spacecraft’s color camera, one of two science instruments onboard.