Two new images of Mars (a little red pebble) taken from Hubble were posted at today (the second one goes up at 4pm EST). Apparently we’re closer to Mars than we have been in 59,619 years and we won’t be this close until 2287. The big advantage here is that we get some great photos that will hopefully inspire us to spend more money in sending a man there. Wired doesn’t seem to think that is going to happen any time soon.

The conspiracy theorist in my wonders if it’s a coincidence that these photos are coming out a day after a report blaming “NASA culture” for the Columbia crash?