Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Today’s astro pic is another Mars-scape courtesy of the Spirit Rover. These shots always fascinate me … perhaps its just the geek in me, but the idea of looking out over alien horizons is something that has always fascinated me.

Its the same urge that drives explorers, I think. There is always lust for power, for independence, for wealth, that drives us to expand our borders, to push into the unknown. But its more than that too, IMO … the unknown beckons to us in very fundamental ways. As rational creatures, we crave to know the unknown as a fundamental function of who we are.

Part of exploration is always earthly .. staking out new territory to expand our available resources. But there is also an overwhelming urge for us humans to stand on top of the hill to look into a valley we have never seen. Enjoy the new vistas on Mars …

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One Response

  1. Yes! I agree wholeheartedly, no geekness in this need to explore, it is a pure and faultless emotion. Space is your landscape of exploration, caves are mine. What a feeling to see something that no human before you has ever laid eyes on. How exhilerating, how terrifying!

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