looking at earth from mars

But remember this: The picture above was taken by a machine made by humans, and it’s sitting on the surface of another world. It took hundreds of people thousands of worker-years to imagine it, lobby for it, create it, loft it, and land it on Mars. You can’t see that in the picture because the camera was turned the other way. But if you can step out of the picture in your mind and simply turn around, you’d see that rover on the Martian dust, a testament to human curiosity, the drive to explore, and the need to leave the nest for parts unknown.

read the whole thing from my favorite blogging astronomer phil plait. also click that picture to see it huge. as it should be seen.

martian sunset


a lot of the time i am blown away by science. a lot of the time that happens to be space science. every once in a while i feel compelled to post something about it here. i saw this on the bad astronomy blog and was thoroughly moved. here’s phil plait’s very zen summation of what we’re seeing here: Continue reading “martian sunset”