You get to go 3 times the speed of light for most of the trip, and the earth is 100 pixels wide. When you finally arrive at Mars, only 53 pixels wide, you will have an appreciation for just how far away Mars really is.
This amazing website by David Paliwoda and Jesse Williams will give all of us some perspective on those who decide to go.
What would you take for the trip? (Remember, it may be a one-way ticket.)
Sesame Street is invading the solar system!! NASA's Messenger mission scientists posted a questions on the Goddard Space Flight Center Flickr page asking, "Anyone else think this looks like the Cookie Monster?"
First Big Bird in politics and now the Cookie Monster on Mercury!!
On March 15, 2009, the Space Shuttle Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center without any issues, except one. From Wikipedia:
During the countdown a bat was seen to be resting on the external tank. What was originally believed to be a fruit bat was revealed to have been a free-tailed bat that clung onto the fuel tank during the launch. NASA observers had believed the bat would fly off once the shuttle started to launch, but it did not, and it was probably shaken off and incinerated by the rocket exhaust. A bat doctor, analyzing pictures, believed the bat had a broken wing which made it unable to fly off.