Earth, as seen from Mars

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 02008 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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New images from the Mars HiRISE orbital camera. Yup thats us, earth, and our little moon too…

  • John Delphia

    First thing that came to mind…

    “No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth
    century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by
    intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as
    men busied themselves about their various concerns they were
    scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a
    microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and
    multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to
    and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their
    assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the
    infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to
    the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of
    them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or
    improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of
    those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be
    other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to
    welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds
    that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish,
    intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with
    envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And
    early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.”

    – – H. G. Wells, The War Of The Worlds

  • bryan campen

    So that is us in the night sky, without any zoom? Would be phenomenal if that’s the case.


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