Late Afternoon Shadows at Endeavour Crater on Mars

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This week at marsrover.nasa.gov:

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in this dramatically lit view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars.  More…

There’s something sobering and a little sad about the reality these photos show. A whole world, full of a million unique locations, which have never been looked at. We’ve peered across millions of miles at a dot in the sky, and now we’ve got photos from automated landers — but nobody has ever walked any of these valleys, no word has ever been spoken in this air, nobody’s felt this breeze… and quite probably never will.

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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  1. There’s something enlarging and a little mystical about the reality these photos show. A whole world, full of a million unique locations, which have never been looked at. We’ve peered across millions of miles at a dot in the sky, and now we’ve got photos from automated landers — but nobody has ever walked any of these valleys, no word has ever been spoken in this air, nobody’s felt this breeze… and quite probably never will.

    Imagine–a whole world (or most of it, at any rate) allowed to be just what it is, unaltered by our observation, use, manipulation, and detritus. A world known enough to be real yet unknown enough to be mysterious and to allow the imagination the full scope of joy.

    Baghdad, Marrakesh, the South Pole, used to serve this purpose for Westerners, but sadly they no longer can. They are too often seen on television, and are become too much like Springfield.

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