If you have to find me this weekend, I will be curled up in a fetal position on the ground and look at this new image of a Mars disk, as seen by the Mars Express orbiter of the European Space Agency.
My eyes will follow the path of the image from the cool white spread of the frozen, cloud-covered North Pole, across the cratered middle of the planet, to the dark colors of the South Pole. I will have a handkerchief ready.
I have allowed myself to put the image on the page so that it works well with our website format high resolution JPEG or a data tempting TIFF file. I wait while you download it and find a screen the size of a jumbo jumbo on which it can be displayed.
Are you back? Great. Before I dissolve into a shivering puddle of contemplation about my place in the universe, let's talk about how the high-resolution Mars Express stereo camera took this picture in June. It highlights the diversity of the terrain on Mars and the differences between its hemispheres.
"The split between the two hemispheres of Mars is known as the Mars dichotomy and remains one of the planet's greatest secrets," ESA said in a news release on Thursday. "Whoa," I whispered.
The ESA spacecraft has been recording the red planet since arriving in 2003, imaging the surface and studying the mineral composition and atmosphere of Mars.
Mars Express was also busy blowing my little mind with the sheer beauty of its object. I have to curl up now.