You know what happens when you spend billions of dollars to send stuff to Mars? People pay attention, if only for a little bit. While Curiosity is off roving the surface of the red planet and lasering things (we mean no harm!), enthusiasm has sprung up in the American household to set foot on that distant world. Sometimes, though, we forget how far away that big ball of rock is.
How Far is it to Mars? provides a rather simple example of this distance in the form of pixels by representing Earth as if it were only a hundred pixels wide at its girthiest. I won’t spoil the story, but if you’ve never been humbled by how incredibly empty space is, even amongst some of its closest celestial bodies, then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Even the most optimistic of us space explorers have to give a few breaths of thought to how extraordinary an undertaking like Mars colonization would be.