|very very cool!||JS Haiku Shop|
May 23, 2003 4:58 AM
|Satellite Snaps Earth's Photo From Mars
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By ANDREW BRIDGES, AP Science Writer
LOS ANGELES - NASA (news - web sites) on Thursday released what it billed as the first portrait of Earth as seen from Mars.
The colorized photograph shows Earth from 86 million miles away as a small blue dot orbited by its even smaller moon.
The keen-eyed can make out clouds over the central and eastern United States and northern South America, as well as portions of Central America and the Gulf of Mexico, in a specially processed blowup of the image.
NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft took the picture while orbiting the Red Planet on May 8.
"This image gives us a new perspective ... one in which we can see our own planet as one among many," said Michael Malin, whose San Diego company built and operates the camera. Jupiter can also be seen in the picture.
NASA said the portrait was unprecedented but not for lack of trying.
The agency's Pathfinder spacecraft tried several times to photograph Earth after reaching Mars in 1997 but was thwarted by cloudy skies.
Images of Earth from space have been among the most compelling images produced by NASA missions.
Apollo 8 began orbiting the moon on Dec. 24, 1968, becoming the first manned mission to do so. During a live Christmas Eve television broadcast, the three-man crew took turns reading from the book of Genesis and showing images of the Earth as it rose above the moon.
And in 1990, as NASA's unmanned Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the fringes of the solar system, it turned back to take a final look at Earth at the suggestion of astronomer Carl Sagan. The image, taken from 4 billion miles away, inspired the title of Sagan's 1994 book "A Pale Blue Dot."
"Look again at 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," Sagan wrote.
From the Mars Surveyor, from 86 million miles, in 2003:
And this one, taken by Voyager 1 from 4 billion miles, in 1991:
|on a related note||JS Haiku Shop|
May 23, 2003 5:02 AM
|it's been some time since i visited the NASA site. the "new" flash intro:
WELCOME TO THE NEW NASA
TO UNDERSTAND AND PROTECT OUR HOME PLANET
TO EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE
AND SEARCH FOR LIFE
TO INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXPLORERS
(AS ONLY NASA CAN)
...they had me at "explore the universe". the "search for life" is icing on the cake.
|I'm such a nerd.||sn69|
May 23, 2003 5:08 AM
|This stuff still thrills me just like it did when I was a kid. When I was a little guy, I was lucky enough to see the final Apollo on the launch pad...it was atop a shortened Saturn V headed to Skylab.
Man, this stuff is cool.
May 23, 2003 6:01 AM
|There is NOTHING better than space exploration. The Hubble spacescope is humanity's finest & most glorious achievement. We just HAVE to get more people into space, into REAL space, out there among the planets ...|
|it's all fake||DougSloan|
May 23, 2003 6:31 AM
|I thought all this stuff was faked to cover up money spent by the CIA?
I love it, too.
|Hey, if you look really, really close (pay attention ladies)||Spoiler|
May 23, 2003 3:23 PM
|you can see my gigantic nuggets. I always suspected they were visable from space, now I have proof! I am a sex GOD!|
|That must be...||DougSloan|
May 23, 2003 4:42 PM
|the stupidest post in history of the forum. Congrats.
May 23, 2003 7:49 PM
|I'm still not sure where I found the inspiration. I've set the bar pretty high for myself ;)|
|Although Spoiler's first thread was juvenile and silly, and||Brooks|
May 29, 2003 3:10 PM
|Doug's response very appropriate, I found found myself laughing out loud at the retort and the whole bit. Some things just tickle the funny bone.|| |