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Awwww: Mars Rover Curiousity Took A Picture Of Earth

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Note: Larger version HERE, but you'll probably still try to wipe earth off your monitor like a speck of dust.

This is a picture of earth as seen by the Mars Rover Curiosity. In case you've been living in a cave with bears for the past year or the name didn't give it away, the Mars Rover Curiosity IS ON MARS. So this is what Earth looks like from the surface of Mars. Now maybe it's my turn to feel like I've been living in a cave, but when did NASA install that giant 'Earth' sign and arrow in space? "Please tell me you're joking." About what? Was it not NASA?

Thanks to BBQ, who wants to see what earth looks like through the sights of the Death Star's super laser. Now that's what I'm talking about!

There are Comments.
  • MissyFissy

    Since we sent it there, is it technically a selfie?

  • Lee

    Probably a dumb question, where are the stars?

  • Fez

    Because it was all filmed on a stage set, of course, just like the moon landings. It's all a big conspiracy!

    /tinfoil hat

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Red tin foil I presume, cunningly formed into a protective fez...

  • Fez

    Indeed. Nobody suspects me of being one of the 'enlightened' ones.

  • wtf

    nasa always makes it a point to photoshop them out because of that gaff with the moon all those years ago

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    You know how Venus is the first star to appear in our sky?

  • mooooo

    NASA JPL website says "...Earth, shining brighter than any star in the Martian night sky...", so I guess camera sensitivity is not high enough to pick up star light. Plus, looks like it's not yet completely dark (photo taken 80 minutes after sunset).

  • Lee

    Thank you!

  • Fez

    "From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any
    particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that
    dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love,
    everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who
    ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering,
    thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines,
    every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and
    destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in
    love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer,
    every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar,"
    every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our
    species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the
    rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in
    glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction
    of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of
    one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of
    some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they
    are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our
    imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged
    position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
    Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our
    obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come
    from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

    The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is
    nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could
    migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment,
    the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is
    a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no
    better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant
    image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to
    deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale
    blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

    --Carl Sagan, "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space", 1997 reprint, pp. xv–xvi

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