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.

Source: ESA

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