This Tiny Blue Dot on Mars Is Our Rover

The Mars Reconaissance Orbiter spots Curiosity down on the surface.
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There's something special about our robots orbiting other planets seeing our other robots down on the surface.

In a new, color-enhanced photo, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the Mars Curiosity Rover down on the surface. It's the blue dot in the bottom right of the image. (Here's the full-resolution JPG.

For space nerds, the blue dot calls to mind the famous "pale blue dot," in which Voyager 1 captured Earth's image as it sped towards the edge of the solar system. Our planet looks tiny in the vast expanses of space.

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And finally, here's a zoom in on the Rover location.

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Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology Channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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