Sunset on Mars

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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
 

jadam

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nice

Personally I would love to see sunset from one of saturns or jupiters moons.
 

Brother Michael

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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
 

wdlove

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Its a beautiful picture, thank you for posting. Just amazing how well the Mar's Rovers are doing.
 

Mr. Anderson

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jadam said:
nice

Personally I would love to see sunset from one of saturns or jupiters moons.
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
 

stubeeef

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sweet pic!

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

gotta love this stuff.
 

jsw

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Thank you!

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

MacSA

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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).



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WithTea

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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!
 

jeffy.dee-lux

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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.
 

Nikore

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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.
 

0098386

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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!