Sunrise over Endeavour…

I think it’s fair to say that sunrises (and sunsets) are the favourite photograophic subjects of many photographers here on Earth. They’re a classic tourist shot, aren’t they? You can’t beat a moody pic of the Sun rising or setting behind a distant hill, castle or the ocean skyline. Many armchair rover drivers love seeing sunrise and sunset pictures taken by Oppy, too, but there’s never been a “classic” sunrise or sunset shot taken by Oppy as she heads to Endeavour, just because… well… one isn’t needed. They’re not that useful, scientifically, and they are, frankly, a waste of the precious power needed to keep the rover healthy and operating during the daytime.

But what if Oppy DID take a sunrise picture? What would it look like?

Well, as she’s heading east, towards Endeavour, the Sun would come up from behind the great crater’s hills. So sunrise for Oppy might… possibly… perhaps… look something like this

Of course, you’ll need to click on that to enlarge it and see it properly. The position of the Sun is just about right for sunrise yesterday (Nov 16th) when I made the picture, using the popular astronomy software “Starry Night” to work out where the Sun would rise along the Endeavour skyline.

As is the case with most of my pictures here, I’m not claiming that image is particularly accurate, or scientific, or even useful – it’s just, I hope, a pretty picture, a vision, of a fascinating alien world. I hope some of you like it!

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5 Responses to Sunrise over Endeavour…

  1. J. Major says:

    These are great! Who cares if they’re not “real”….the horizon is real, the view is real, and the Sun would have “really” been in that spot (and looked about that size.) Real enough to stir my imagination, I say. Nice job!

  2. Snark says:

    Well, this is better than Unmannedspaceflight.com, who started censoring comments contrary to the admins philosophy, then censoring comments that they felt were superfluous, and now stopping any posts that discuss topics that the admins don’t like.

    A site with material such as this would surely be deleted by such totalitarians.

    • phoenixpics says:

      As a long time member of UMSF – and one of the Moderators there – I obviously can’t agree with your comments or criticisms. UMSF has a clearly stated and clearly understood policy re “off topic” subjects, which are listed in the Guidelines. If people want to talk about manned spaceflight, SETI, or life on Mars, there are easily a dozen other forums they can register with to talk about those things, often with members of UMSF, but UMSF itself is not the place for those discussions. And it’s because that policy is so strictly adhered to that UMSF is so popular with both armchair explorers and planetary mission scientists alike. And much of the material I post here I post on UMSF too, where it is appreciated by the ‘ordinary’ members and Admins. At the end of the day the internet is a huge, huge place, with more than enough room for everyone. I’m really glad you like my blog, and thanks for your comments. 🙂

  3. Joe Smith says:

    One of the “Really Stands Out”,,perspective of Sunrise on Mars.
    Definitively a keeper
    Joe in Texas

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