Self Portrait from Mars

Congratulations to Curiosity and the whole NASA team for the smooth, audacious landing on Mars.

This is the second picture that Curiosity took, of its own shadow on the Martian landscape. Not quite as momentus as the photo of Neil Armstrong’s footprint on the moon, or the famous earthrise photo, but touching in its own way, and reinforcing the anthropomorphic qualities we collectively give to the plucky robot.