This Island Earth

Earth From Mars

This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)

The image is a mosaic of images taken by the rover’s navigation camera showing a broad view of the sky, and an image taken by the rover’s panoramic camera of Earth. The contrast in the panoramic camera image was increased two times to make Earth easier to see. The inset shows a combination of four panoramic camera images zoomed in on Earth. The arrow points to Earth. Earth was too faint to be detected in images taken with the panoramic camera’s color filters.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/Texas A&M
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By the way, less than 8% of the universe has been explored and/ or is understood by current science. That includes EVERYTHING: planets, solar systems, galaxies, quasarseverything. Our best laid plans, here on this little speck called Earth, are rather diminished alongside such infinite possibilities.

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2 comments on “This Island Earth

  1. jrconcepcion says:

    Love the pic. Thanks 🙂

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