Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mars Mania

It may just be because I'm a member of the NASA community, but it seems like everyone all of a sudden has Mars mania!  It's all I see in Facebook posts and on the NASA website.  It's understandable, for the first time in a while NASA has actually generated public interest, so they're going to play it for all it's worth.  And I don't blame them, we need the good PR!  And on that note, here's the latest from Curiosity: a patchwork, interactive panorama of the red planet.  It doesn't look like much, but when you take into account that these images are currently coming from over 60 million miles away (the distance changes constantly) and the transmission of the pictures takes a whopping 14 minutes to reach Earth (delay to get data from the International Space Station is only 10 seconds...) then it becomes pretty phenomenal!

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