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Seeing Ourselves Anew from Faraway Mars

3 Jan 2016, 02:20 UTC
Seeing Ourselves Anew from Faraway Mars
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Contemplate Mars’s Bright Evening Star
Earth in the Martian twilight, as seen by Mars Curiosity Lander, January 31, 2014. (Click to embiggen.)
I know this image taken from the surface of Mars dates back to January of 2014, but I still find it fascinating to simply look at it and think about what the view means. If you can, click on this small version (right-click to open a bigger version). Then, just simply scan the darkened part of the sky.
See that little blue dot? That’s us, as seen from the Mars Curiosity rover on January 31, 2014. We’re all there, on that pale blue dot, doing our communal thing on the only planet we can call as our home.
If you were on the surface of the Red Planet and could look up at the sky after sunset, this is how humanity’s ancient home would look to you. A pale blue dot and a tiny pinpoint of light marking our Moon.
Being on Mars
What if you WERE there? Think about that for a moment. Imagine yourself there. You’ve just finished a long day of whatever it is your science team has assigned you to do, and you’re taking ...

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