Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Earthrise, Gusev Crater


On Earth it is 3:20 AM Universal Time on June 30, 2010. Due to the speed of light, a message from Mars would not reach Earth until 3:32 UT. This is the exact view you would see looking East from Gusev Crater, Mars. The Sun is shortly due to rise at the center of the frame. Rising ahead of the Sun, the bright starlike object at top centre is Earth. All of human history, the struggle to understand the world, has taken place on that tiny dot. This is a view that no human being has seen before.

The bright object between Earth and the horizon is Jupiter. This month the largest planet is on the far side of the Sun, making it appear among the inner planets. Uranus, just above the horizon, is too faint to be seen. From the vantage point of Mars one could easily view Earth, Venus and Mercury circling the Sun. If there were intelligent life on Mars they would long ago have figured out the Copernican model, something Earth beings didn't accept until barely 500 years ago. Travel to the Moon and Mars leads to scientific insights that no one has yet imagined.

Gusev Crater was also landing site of the Spirit Rover. Since 2009 Spirit has been stuck in loose regolith, becoming a stationary research platform. No communication has been received from Spirit since March 22, 2010. She may have gone into hibernation to conserve batteries. The Winter solstice occurred here on May 13, so the chances of Spirit waking are warming up. When humans travel to Mars, we will follow their survival with even greater interest. Travel to Mars is risky for machines and people, but it is our ultimate adventure.

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Blogger Kea said...

Thanks for the view!

No communication has been received from Spirit since March 22, 2010
What a shame ... but I'm guessing you have something in mind. Hmmm.

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Blogger Ulla said...

"If there were intelligent life on Mars they would long ago have figured out the Copernican model, something Earth beings didn't accept until barely 500 years ago."

This is just something we learn at school to show US how clever WE are. It has nothing at all to do with the truth. If something it only show us how stupid humans are. Because of the religious Dark Age this fact was simply repressed and forgotten for some thousand years. Ancients knew about it. Copernicus just rediscovered the fact.

Today we face a similar revolution. Now the human mind ought to be centered outside the human body :) I guess it is just as hard to grasp.

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Ulla almost said it...now is the time (a relative concept) for mankind to stop perceiving the non-reality,and star perceiving the true reality...can anybody say...GOD

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