Mars – The Red Planet , Shining in all its glory with a tinge of red every single night. As I was lying awake through the night, I got fed up of the insomnia and went up to my terrace and there it was reminding me of the insignificance of our planet, you, me, everything when compared to to The Universe as a whole.
But the most amazing thing about Mars is that we’ve got 6 Spacecraft that are active in and around that planet. Brilliant isn’t it. The Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter, Mars Express, Mars Oddyssey, the two magnificent rovers Spirt and Opportunity and finally the recently landed Phoenix. I just hope every single person on Earth realises the enormity of these achievements. You have to realise the fact that Mars is just a point of light in our sky, it’s so far away and we are able to precisely map its orbit using equations, have the creativity and the brilliance to launch probes and have them go into precise orbits around that planet. I mean you’re fucking threading a needle millions of miles away.
And the Phoenix lander has been brillinat till now. It’s landing was perfect and it’s now operating brilliantly having landed near one of the poles and searching for ice. It has already sent back pictures of what seems to be ice and it’s started digging into the dirt today. It even uses Twitter :D.
Finally just look at this image. This probably sums up the total fucking awesomeness of our scientific achievements. Its Phoenix descending into Mars with its parachute open as photographed by the MRO.
The Bad Astronomer put it so beautifuly as always:
Think on this, and think on it carefully: you are seeing a manmade object falling gracefully and with intent to the surface of an alien world, as seen by another manmade object already circling that world, both of them acting robotically, and both of them hundreds of million of kilometers away.
Never, ever forget: we did this. This is what we can do.
When I first saw this picture, I was like wtf, among all the amazing pictures to have ever graced the field of astronomy this is right up there, Simply Breathtaking…