Damn we're small

This image was taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. At the time the image was taken, Earth was 142 million kilometers from Mars, giving the HiRISE image a scale of 142 kilometers (88 miles) per pixel, an Earth diameter of about 90 pixels

First shock absorber on Mars?

In case you missed it there is now a lander called Phoenix on Mars. The thing landed 17:07 local time on Mars (what the hell that now is).  This view of one of the footpads of NASA's three-legged Phoenix Mars Lander shows a solid surface at the