Every Piece of Japanese Technology Ever - In One Photo
Well, it’s Technically True
NASA’s Curiosity Rover, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), or, our preference, the entirely accurate and appropriate Nuclear-Powered Science Robot Dune Buggy with Lasers, snatched this amazing photo just one week ago (Earth time), about an hour and a half after the Martian sunset.
In the image, Earth appears as the brightest object in the sky, accompanied by Luna, our one and only moon (Mars has two).
As with the Big Blue Marble, or the Pale Blue Dot, in this image we’re able to see… well, aside from a few deep space probes, everything we’ve ever known. All the awesome Japanese technology, the cool and cultural stuff AkihabaraNews brings to the world - it's all right there.
As is Sputnik, the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, Hip-Hop, and McDonald’s, NASA's Curiosity rover is a piece of supertech that transcends international boundaries and the petty bickering of our species’ most hard of thinking. In any forum, in a knitting circle even, this image is worth sharing.
As the inimitable Carl Sagan once said:
“Israel, Palestine, agree that you both enjoy hummus and have similar taste in real estate; then, build no further animosity, forgive your human brothers and sisters, put down your weapons, pick up your protractors, and build instead some awesome spaceships.”
...we might be paraphrasing there a little bit. Nonetheless, it is a universal truism, and it’s what images like this should mean to us all.
For the uninterfered-with version and all pertinent data, jump on over to NASA.
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Images: NASA’s Mars-Based Nuclear-Powered Science Robot Dune Buggy with Lasers