Earth and Jupiter captured in the same photo taken from Mars

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Earth and Jupiter captured In the same photo taken from Mars (



Carl Sagan speaking in 1996 about a similar photograph entitled Pale Blue Dot…

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

New Images of Moon Landing Sites

NASA has just released new images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) of the original Apollo Moon landing sites. Some even show the astronauts tracks when carrying out their surface experiments.

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The Lunar Landers highlighted with a shadow from the low Sun.

Apollo 14. You can just about make out the astronauts tracks in the dust.

Apollo 14. Enlarged view.
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NASA TV: Live from Space Shuttle and ISS

To mark the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing, we have NASA TV, live from Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-127).

Click to play. All the usual controls; full screen, mute, volume, pause…

It will be docking live with the International Space Station, and the crew will be moonwalking performing five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory.
At the time of the 40th anniversary they will be playing back the audio from the Apollo 11 mission in full and in real-time.

Note that it doesn’t have audio all the time. Those silent exterior shots of the Earth rotating slowly are just crying out for some ambient music. Briano Eno – Apollo?

Works well in full screen…