Sunset on Mars

Discussion in 'Picture Gallery' started by MacSA, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. MacSA macrumors 68000

    MacSA

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2003
    Location:
    UK
    #1
    [​IMG]

    On May 19th, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover's 489th martian day, or sol. Spirit was commanded to stay awake briefly after sending that sol's data to the Mars Odyssey orbiter just before sunset.

    http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07997
     
  2. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

    Rocksaurus

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2003
    Location:
    California
    #2
    Awesome, from Mars to my desktop background. Thanks. :)
     
  3. jadam macrumors 6502a

    jadam

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2002
    #3
    nice

    Personally I would love to see sunset from one of saturns or jupiters moons.
     
  4. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2004
    #4
    That is incredible. The sun is so small there.

    I am truly at a loss for words to describe that picture.

    Hollywood doesn't compare.

    Mike
     
  5. plastique45 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2005
    #5
    Finally, something intelligent posted on the internet, thanks!
     
  6. wdlove macrumors P6

    wdlove

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2002
    #6
    Its a beautiful picture, thank you for posting. Just amazing how well the Mar's Rovers are doing.
     
  7. jimjiminyjim macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2003
    Location:
    Canada
    #7
    Absolutely beautiful. Taken by a robot. Unbelievable.
     
  8. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2001
    Location:
    VA
    #8
    That would be quite cool - seeing Saturn and the Sun in the same pic - it would look like one of those bad Bryce 3D scenes but actually be real :D

    Cool Mars pic, though - I love the fact that at dawn and sunset its a blue tinge, but during the day its red.

    D
     
  9. stubeeef macrumors 68030

    stubeeef

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2004
    #9
    sweet pic!

    did you catch my pics posted of a shooting star on mars? Not that sweet, just geeky.

    gotta love this stuff.
     
  10. tech4all macrumors 68040

    tech4all

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2004
    Location:
    NorCal
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Location:
    Andover, MA
    #11
    Thank you!

    It's been added to my Space Desktops folder, which I use to refresh my desktop every few minutes.
     
  12. obeygiant macrumors 68040

    obeygiant

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Location:
    totally cool
  13. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

    Xtremehkr

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    #13
    Can't wait until we get there. Shouldn't be that long now.
     
  14. sushi Moderator emeritus

    sushi

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Location:
    キャンプスワ&#
    #14
    And another reason why it is good to fund the space program.

    Very nice picture.

    Sushi
     
  15. MacRy macrumors 68040

    MacRy

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2004
    Location:
    England
  16. Sirus The Virus macrumors 6502a

    Sirus The Virus

    Joined:
    May 12, 2005
    Location:
    Texas
    #16
    Awesome! Looks kinda like a desert from Star Wars
     
  17. loib macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2005
  18. MacSA thread starter macrumors 68000

    MacSA

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2003
    Location:
    UK
    #18
    Martian Twilight

    Martian Twilight

    Here is the martian twilight sky at Gusev crater, as imaged by the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit around 6:20 in the evening of the rover's 464th martian day, or sol (April 23, 2005).

    [​IMG]

    Large 2.6 mb image
     
  19. WithTea macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    Location:
    Canada
    #19
    Hauntingly beautiful. It's very subtle, isn't it? Not so bright as earth sunsets, but in a way, its more beautiful because its something I've never seen before. More special. Totally my new desktop.

    Thanks!
     
  20. jeffy.dee-lux macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Location:
    montreal
    #20
    i think part of the reason the sun seems so small is that its a wide angle shot. It should appear a bit smaller, but not that much.
    Really awesome picture.
     
  21. MikeTheC Guest

    MikeTheC

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2004
    Location:
    Gallifrey -- Capitol City, Prydonian Sector
    #21
    That is absolutely a fantastic image. There aren't words to describe it, so I won't bother trying. Thanks! It's my new desktop background, too.
     
  22. Nikore macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    California
    #22
    Yeah thank you for finding this picture. Its totally awasome to think thats a differnt plant. It's my new desktop pictures, replaceing another one from nasa taken by the cassini of Saturn.
     
  23. roberts macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2005
    Location:
    Scotland
    #23
    That's breathtaking...very nice indeed. My new desktop picture :)
     
  24. Dagless macrumors Core

    Dagless

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2005
    Location:
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    #24
    its probably just me, but i look at that picture and i dont gawp at the sun. but the rocks. i think to myself that its land. that is rock. a house could be there, or a cave. its like you could just walk there.

    very eerie but so beautiful. desktop material so so much!
     
  25. friarbayliff macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2004
    Location:
    MN / IN
    #25
    Beautiful. Added to Powerbook and work PC. Thanks!
     

Share This Page