This is a truly amazing image.
While the Phoenix was on its parachute descent to the Martian north pole yesterday, our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this picture.
The shot is taken looking down at the planet. The texture in the background is the icy surface of Mars.
I am awestruck.
Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy, one of my personal heroes, was so impressed he made this video:
I couldn't agree more.