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Earth From A Distance

Thu May 29, 2003 10:43 pm

Ok, since VC-10 had a heart attack becuase I DARE post this rule-violator the last time, it's back.


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.

The image is available online at

Amazing that we can see ourselves like this.

Now, VC-10, go searching after real violations of rules, OK?
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RE: Earth From A Distance

Thu May 29, 2003 10:56 pm

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.

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RE: Earth From A Distance

Thu May 29, 2003 11:18 pm

Your bone's got a little machine
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RE: Earth From A Distance

Thu May 29, 2003 11:20 pm

quite an incredible picture, IMO. It obviously doesn't make you realize from that photo just how complex the earth really is.
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RE: Earth From A Distance

Fri May 30, 2003 12:51 am


Why are we all fighting? Everything man believes in is irrelevant on this scale.
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RE: Earth From A Distance

Fri May 30, 2003 2:08 am

Truely incredible pictures.

VC-10, don't you think that's a little picky to delete an entire thread because the title is missing maybe one word? Big deal......people are still gonna read it.

Also, look at the thread called "Jokes!", are you gonna delete that too because it doesn't say what kind of jokes?

Come on, let's focus on the more real problems on the forums.

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RE: Earth From A Distance

Fri May 30, 2003 3:21 am

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.
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RE: Earth From A Distance

Fri May 30, 2003 10:20 am

That old song was so right: It IS a small world after all...
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RE: Earth From A Distance

Sat May 31, 2003 12:30 pm

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!  Wow!

For the full link to the page that has excerpts of Carl Sagan's 1994 book, Pale Blue Dot, go to

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