Jason DavisNov 10, 2016

A week in the solar system

It's been an interesting week here on planet Earth.

This afternoon, I took a peek at NASA's Deep Space Network visualization page to watch signals flowing to and from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system. At the time I looked, the DSN was having lively chats with probes at Mars and Saturn, while receiving signals from Voyager 1 that left the spacecraft 19 hours ago.

One thing led to another, and I started looking up all of the pretty pictures that came back to Earth during the past few days. Here are a few snapshots from November 4 through 8.

The Sun

The Sun from SDO, Nov. 8, 2016
The Sun from SDO, Nov. 8, 2016 NASA / SDO / AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams

Earth

Earth Western Hemisphere from DSCOVR, Nov. 8, 2016
Earth Western Hemisphere from DSCOVR, Nov. 8, 2016 NASA EPIC Team
Earth Eastern Hemisphere from DSCOVR, Nov. 8, 2016
Earth Eastern Hemisphere from DSCOVR, Nov. 8, 2016 NASA EPIC Team

Ceres

Interplanetary space

Mars

Endeavour Crater, Mars, from Opportunity rover, Nov. 8, 2016
Endeavour Crater, Mars, from Opportunity rover, Nov. 8, 2016 NASA / JPL-Caltech
Gale Crater, Mars, from Curiosity rover, Nov. 8, 2016
Gale Crater, Mars, from Curiosity rover, Nov. 8, 2016 NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS
Mars from MARCI, aboard MRO, Nov. 5-6, 2016
Mars from MARCI, aboard MRO, Nov. 5-6, 2016 The small dots are the landing sites of Curiosity and Opportunity. NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Saturn

Saturn from Cassini spacecraft, 6 November 2016
Saturn from Cassini spacecraft, 6 November 2016

The outskirts

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