Monday, February 26, 2007
The view at Mars from Rosetta
The ESA's Rosetta spacecraft flew by Mars yesterday on its long mission to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. As is standard, the spacecraft imaged Mars. What's ultimately so satisfying about this picture is perspective; the wholeness of the experience creating by putting a little of the spacecraft in the image. Look at the rest of the Rosetta images; none of them give you a sense of location as the special image taken by the piggyback Philae lander.
We are also only a day away from a Jupiter fly-by from the New Horizons spacecraft, speeding its way to Pluto as fast as it can, hopefully before the Pluto's atmosphere refreezes onto the surface. See where New Horizons is now.