Brand New Pics from Mars Recon Orbiter

6 09 2009
It's Mars!! Picture taken by the wonderful Hubble Space Telescope.

It's Mars!! Picture taken by the wonderful Hubble Space Telescope.

Wonderful new pictures of the Martian surface have been released! Taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that is currently orbiting Mars (really?), doing reconnaissance (no way!), the pictures total over a thousand in number and show a huge variety of geological features on the red planet.

You know, we live in an amazing time. We have a machine, orbiting another planet (also known as “that red speck you see in the sky at night sometimes,” to humans of earlier times), taking photographs of its surface and transmitting them through space back to the planet of its origins, where its makers decode its transmissions and turn them into images which they can stare at and point at all night long. We sent that machine there with a monstrously huge rocket engine, and we got it to go just exactly where we wanted it to, even though our planet is moving at 107,000 km/h around the sun and Mars is traveling 86,700 km/h. That’s not to mention the orbiter’s target is 55,000,000km away from Earth at its closest approach and an astounding 400,000,000km away at its furthest. Seriously. Everyone needs to appreciate the insane technological and scientific accomplishment that this represents. Humans are truly spectacular creatures, despite all our shortcomings.

Anyway, enough of me waxing poetic. Go look at those cool pictures of another planet!!





One response

10 09 2009

Some of those gullies look tantalizingly like they might have been created by water, but its impossible to know for sure unless we get people and/or robots on the ground at those locations.

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