"After Sunset on Mars" --Curiosity Rover Snaps 1st Image of Earth and Moon
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February 06, 2014

"After Sunset on Mars" --Curiosity Rover Snaps 1st Image of Earth and Moon

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The images, taken about 80 minutes after sunset during the rover's 529th Martian day (Jan. 31, 2014) are available at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17936 for a broad scene of the evening sky, and at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17935 for a zoomed-in view of Earth and the moon. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project is using Curiosity to assess ancient habitable environments and major changes in Martian environmental conditions. The distance between Earth and Mars when Curiosity took the photo was about 99 million miles (160 million kilometers).

 

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That's pretty cool... I never expected Earth to appear so bright! So is Earth like the "morning star" for Mars?


Earth viewed from Mars would follow a similar path that Venus does viewed from Earth.
Sometimes in the morning or in the evening.

In twilight of alien-horizon, the World of Life seems so insignificant ( embraced by Moon ), against the cold vastness beyond the mountains of time. Yet how profoundly huge its import, that 3rd Planet orbiting Star of light. At dusk, on a barren a terrestrial shore, from an ancient globe uninhabited, Earth appears, glorious "evening star". From where none but Human-built machines rove and explore, or above empty terrain, fly paths of discovery, o'er desolate Mars. Long-journeys sent, World of Life launched, intelligence-commissioned robot emissaries, marvelous views record.

Such Home-Life vistas, on alien landscape seen, surely would stir the soul of a thinking man ( or move the heart of a thoughtful woman ), beautiful spectacle observe from the valley of Red Sand.

That's pretty cool... I never expected Earth to appear so bright! So is Earth like the "morning star" for Mars?

Such Home-Life vistas, on alien landscape seen, surely would stir the soul of a thinking man ( or move the heart of a thoughtful woman ), beautiful spectacle observe from the valley of Red Sand.

Another interesting thing is if you want to talk to an astronaut on the Moon , it takes 1 second for the signal to get there, while on Mars it will take from 4 to 24 minutes depending of the position of the 2 planets. Now THIS is far. And the conversation will be a little awcward :)

Every chance we get we look back at our own home and have a moment of pause. From Apollo 8, from Voyager, Pioneer?, Shuttle, Casini, Curiosity, Jade Rabbit, ISS. Even Mr. Baumgartner only 40km up (and us via his cameras).

It's not vanity, like looking in the mirror. It's existential wonder.


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