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I've read somewhere in the past that if you were in orbit of Venus (and I would assume the mention of the planet in S19 is regarding an in-orbit station rather than a surface station!), that Earth at opposition would appear even more brilliant from Venus than Venus does from Earth -- sort of a bright blue dot. Plus, that the Moon would occasionally be discernable as well.
It is interesting to imagine the solar system from different perspectives than Earth, but even neater to see ones like the Juno flyby as well.
Interestingly enough the Moon is not in the sky when astronauts led by George Taylor from the past crash land on a ruined earth of the future in Apjac's Planet of The Apes(1968) I wonder if anyone else here caught that connection?