Camera Orbiting Mars Snaps Photo of Earth
Fri May 23,10:10 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the first time, earthlings can see what our planet looks like from Mars, thanks to a camera aboard NASA (news - web sites)'s Mars Global Surveyor that snapped a picture of Earth from this vantage point.
The photograph, released by NASA on Thursday, also includes a view of the giant planet Jupiter and some of its larger moons, because Earth and Jupiter were in alignment when the picture was taken on May 8.
Mars Global Surveyor has been taking pictures of the Martian surface for more than six years, so the photograph of Earth was a break from routine.
"Taking this picture allowed us to look up from that work of exploring Mars and take in a more panoramic view," Michael Malin of Malin Space Science Systems of San Diego, who operates the Global Surveyor's camera, said in a statement. "This image gives us a new perspective on that neighborhood, one in which we can see our own planet as one among many."
The image shows Earth in a sort of half-moon -- or half-Earth -- phase, with the bright area at the top of the image showing clouds over central and eastern North America, a darker area including Central America and the Gulf of Mexico and a display of clouds over northern South America.
The image also shows the Earth-facing hemisphere of the Moon, as well as Jupiter and three of its moons: Callisto, Ganymede, and Europa.
VC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3719 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1106 times:
Alpha I have no problem with this post.
Just to clarify the situation for everyone else, I deleted the original version of this thread because it was posted with the title "From a Distance" which I considered was not discriptive enough and therefore broke the forum rules. Despite Alpha stating on the Site Related board and in e-mails to the mods that the title broke no rules, I see he has subtly re-titled the topic. As such it now complies with the rules.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9045 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
Two small rocks in the universe, yet they're so important to us. I use to get a strange feeling when I think about how important our little blue ball is for the Universe...
But still, there are lots of people who think the most important things have four wheels and a motor, or windows and gateways on the front and bridges on the reverse. Click here if you want to know what I mean.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 928 times:
If you truly want to feel insignificant, in the grand cosmic scheme of things, take a look at this picture. It is titled "Pale Blue Dot" and was taken on June 6, 1990, by Voyager I, from 3.7 billion miles away, at the edge of our solar system.
Bear in mind that every person you knew and loved in June of 1990, and many of those you have met since and will meet in the future, all resided on that Pale Blue Dot....Let's face facts - We are smaller than mere pimples on the ass of the universe!