Having my coffee on Mars.

I’m sorry, I can’t resist. This dinky version doesn’t do the image justice, but I just have to have this latest view from Mars up at my place, too. It’s like you’re sitting with your morning coffee on the Opportunity rover, gazing out over the planet. Mindblowing.  (Click here to see NASA’s hi-res [and infinitely better] full image – there were so many people clicking yesterday that I didn’t actually get to see it until this morning, but you shouldn’t have any problem today).

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 As io9 points out, “Opportunity has been on Mars for over 3,000 days — not bad at all for a little rover whose original mission called for a mere 90 days of exploration.”

PS If you do check out the muchmuchmuch better hi-res version, make sure you click on the image to embiggen it. You’re freaking staring at the dust of Mars.

4 Comments

  1. zlionsfan

     /  July 6, 2012

    Not just the dust on Mars, but also something making tracks in that dust. Something we put there. It’s pretty cool.

    And if you look really closely, you can almost see Val Kilmer in the distance. (I never saw that one, though. I think Total Recall was my favorite bad Mars movie.)

    • aaron singer

       /  July 6, 2012

      Red Planet. I liked Mission to Mars better, but I like Total Recall much better than either two.

  2. Bob Jones' Neighbor

     /  July 6, 2012

    Now that’s desolate. And lonely. No one here but us immigrant robots.

  3. baiskeli

     /  July 6, 2012

    I subscribe to “Astronomy” magazine, and they had a really great and length article about Opportunity and Spirit. They were both only meant to last 90 sols (Martian days, close to Earth days) and the fact that Opportunity is still going (Spirit’s last communication with Earth was on March 22, 2010) is just totally amazing.

    You can get the raw images from Opportunity as the rover takes them (I think delayed by a day or two)
    http://marsrover.nasa.gov/gallery/all/opportunity.html