Beyond the pale blue dot

Listen to a Mars rover

Jupiter's volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet in this dramatic image from NASA's Juno spacecraft. As with solar eclipses on the Earth, within the dark circle racing across Jupiter's cloud tops one would witness a full solar eclipse as Io passes in front of the Sun.
Io’s shadow on Jupiter.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Kevin M. Gill

Humanity has always been dazzled by space. Babylonian scholars crafted the first known star charts, paving the way for Galileo’s early observations using a telescope. Their intrigue laid the foundations for numerous missions to the far corners of our solar system to this day.

However there are still vast expanses left to discover. In this image, Jupiter’s moon Io casts a clear shadow during an eclipse event, plunging the cloud tops of Jupiter briefly into darkness. Jupiter’s landscapes are still a mystery to us, as we cannot see beneath its stormy exterior. Maybe one day we will…

Are we there yet?

Exploring space offers a new perspective from which we can reflect on and better understand our own planet. NASA’s Project Apollo sent back the first images of Earth ever taken from another planet, back in 1968. Now, we explore new planets with robotic rovers and remotely controlled scientific instruments such as those used on NASA Curiosity, Perseverance, and ESA ExoMars missions. The scientific advances that enable us to explore the far and unreached corners of our solar system rely on curious and collaborative minds. Could you help us visit the next unexplored Spacescape?

The Earth in space, above the horizon of the moon, pictured during the Apollo 8 mission.
One of the first views of Earth from the Moon, 1968
Credit: NASA
Astronaut using a seismometer to detect ground vibrations on the moon for the first time.
The geological experiment that detected lunar moonquakes
Credit: NASA

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