jtotheizzoe says: **Not technically in space, since 90,000 feet is only about a quarter of the way to the 100-kilometer Kármán line that officially represents the boundary between Earth and space, but let’s not split Lego hairs here.
» SFB says: Correction accepted and appended. — Ernie @ SFB
This is indeed a remarkably close approach for an asteroid this size. We estimate that an asteroid of this size passes this close to the Earth only once every few decades.Paul Chodas, research scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory • Speaking on DA14, a 150-foot wide asteroid which is expected to make the closest flyby of the planet Earth on record. Estimated for 2:24 PM EST on February 15th, the asteroid will pass us, cosmically speaking, by a razor-thin margin – it’ll be ten times closer to Earth than the orbit of the Moon. Researchers assure there won’t be a collision, however – the asteroid will pass over the Indian Ocean, near Sumatra. source
There’s a little noise reduction, color balance and sharpening, but this is all Mars, baby. Now that the MARDI descent imager has sent home its full collection of 1600 by 1200 images, NASA could piece together a video of the landing. Missing frames were interpolated using thumbnail data.
High-resolution Mars will be the coolest thing you’ll see today.