Arctic Martian Postcard

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/
University of Arizona/Texas A&M University

I always like an image from space that includes a part of the spacecraft. It gives a great sense of immediacy, of presence. Hence the image above, from Phoenix.

Phoenix has been wiggling its arm, looking around, and shining a laser at the sky. It's all fun and games when you're a robot on Mars - until the ice begins to encroach, at least.


Bobby said...

Interesting how some areas in the surface there almost look like footprints - not from a comedic perspective - I mean out of chance or chaos how grains of dirt, if left to fall as they will, they’ll fall almost in the shape of a human footprint...or at least make a viewer imagine it

chiya said...

This picture was in the newspaper today.

But I saw it here first :)