Mars. In true colour.
Just so you know, a lot of images of Mars which you’ll see have been manipulated. A lot of them have boosted contrast and saturation. So if you’ve ever wondered – images like this one are what Mars actually looks like.
Why does this not have more notes?!?
YOU ARE LITERALLY LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT ON ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET
If you don’t think that’s the tightest shit, you can get out of my face.
i wanted to reblog this so that everyone who sees it can realize just how amazing this is. you are looking at a photograph taken on an entirely different planet. an entire world that has been completely untouched by humanity until only recently. no human in the history of mankind has ever look at those rocks, the soil, the mountains, and the sky until now. and until we finally manage to set foot there for the very first time, no human has ever seen mars from this perspective with their own two eyes or feel the texture of the martian soil on the bottom of their boots. this was only possible by creating a robot, an actual robot, and shooting way out of the reaches of earth and with extremely careful calculations, have it safely land and deploy right where they want it. it’s a robot on another planet being controlled 225 million kilometers away, seeing and studying and sending information for us.
this is the sort of thing you would see in science fiction movies that are only a few decades old. what was only imagination and possibilities back then is now all in this photograph. im looking forward to see what happens in the coming decades
This nebula - SH 2-142 - is closely associated with NGC 7380 which is an open cluster of young stars. The Flying Horse (aka Wizard) is an emission nebula illuminated by these stars. This system is about 9,700 light years away.
ARCING OVER SATURN
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took this lovely image of Saturn’s rings on 15 June 2013. The view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from 17 degrees above their plane. The wide-angle camera used a filter sensitive to near-infrared light, centered at 705 nanometers. At the time the image was taken, Cassini was approximately 1.1 million kilometers (657,000 miles) from Saturn.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
This wide-field view captures the evocative and colourful star formation region of the Seagull Nebula, IC 2177, on the borders of the constellations of Monoceros (The Unicorn) and Canis Major (The Great Dog). This view was created from images forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2.
ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin