On Feb. 6, 2014 CNN reported that the first ever photograph of Earth taken from the surface of Mars was tweeted by NASA. The Curiosity rover took this picture just after sunset, at a distance of about 99 million miles from home. The scale and possible implications of this project are grand and even hard to comprehend, and yet there is still something strangely commonplace about poking at rocks and moving at an average speed of 30 meters per hour. Along with the instantaneous* access of Twitter, the overall availability of these images enables them to occupy an odd space that exists between familiarity and foreignness.
*approx. 14 minute delay