“Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes”. That way you get to see things from their perspective. Well, so much more so then when you travel over 100 million miles. Here is us, taken from Mars. Reminds us what we look like, and how fragile we are.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was 127 million miles away from Earth when the picture was taken on November 20 using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). Alfred McEwen, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona and principal investigator for the HiRISE camera, said “The Moon is much darker than Earth and would barely be visible at the same brightness scale as Earth,” McEwen said. “The combined view retains the correct sizes and positions of the two bodies relative to each other.”
How about a trip to Mars? NASA is running a competition to ‘Send Your Name to Mars’ on a silicon microchip aboard the new InSight probe. Anyone can submit their names for inclusion on a dime-sized microchip that will travel on a variety of spacecraft voyaging to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.
“Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the surface,” said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, “By participating in this opportunity to send your name aboard InSight to the Red Planet, you’re showing that you’re part of that journey and the future of space exploration.” There are already 67,000 people on there. But time is of the essence since the deadline to submit your name is soon: Sept. 8, 2015.
NASA has made it easy to sign up. To send your name to Mars aboard InSight, click go here:
You can also print out your ‘Boarding Pass’I’ll pick up 297 million airmiles! Your frequent flier points soon accumulate by your participation in NASA’s ‘fly-your-name opportunity’ that will span multiple missions and multiple decades beyond low Earth orbit. Blast off for this mission is March 2016.
ASTR105G students – get your extra credit here by signing up and sharing your boarding pass.