The Curiosity rover is a long way from home, boys and girls, and this shot of what the Earth looks like from where it is on Mars is a reminder of just how far that is. Across the cold, empty reaches of space, the rover has taken a picture of the home of all seven billion humans, and it looks like just a tiny speck.
Curiosity tweeted this picture last night just before it let everyone know that it had crossed into the Dingo Gap safely. Its wheels have been taking a beating up there on the harsh red planet, and NASA decided to take it over a sand dune and into the much smoother and less treacherous Dingo Gap.
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) February 6, 2014
Here’s an enhanced view from NASA of what the Earth and the moon look like from Curiosity’s lonely, cold vantage point on Mars:
I took a picture of the Earth last week and then I put “You are here” on it and laughed for an hour. Then I cried. http://t.co/QgkUqj4Lda
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) February 6, 2014
Don’t worry, buddy! We want to come visit you some day; I promise. Hang in there for science.
(via Universe Today, images via NASA)
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