Today NASA delivered a nice winter reminder of the universe’s infinite scope and of the human race’s complete and utter insignificance in relation to the paralyzing grandeur of the cosmos. Taken just a week ago, these are the first photos of the Earth taken from Mars’ surface by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.
From the photo, taken just 80 minutes after sunset, the Earth is the brightest star in the lonely Martian night sky. According to NASA, “a human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright ‘evening stars.’” Viewed in full screen and high resolution, it’s a striking image from another world and a beautiful reminder of our smallness (and our ability to reckon with it).
- President Trump has given House Republicans an ultimatum: Pass their health care bill Friday or he will move on to other issues.
- FBI agents posed as filmmakers to talk to armed militia during a standoff in Nevada, then used the footage against two men on trial in federal court.
- The suspect in the London terror attack near Parliament, who was killed by police, has been identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.
- Donald Trump had a photo op in a semitruck. The photos were too good not to become a meme — and the internet delivered 🚛👍