How far to Mars?

I’m neck deep in post-vacation duties, such as editing photos, writing a travelogue, and balancing the checkbook. (That last one is currently subject to procrastination and will most likely require an alcoholic drink.) In the meantime, here is a wonderful little website that will satisfy your daily geek needs:

How far to mars

Unlike other solar system distance sites that require you to scroll (and scroll and scroll and scroll), this one is automatic. Just click the downward arrow, sit back, and travel — at three times the speed of light. I find that without the distracting work of scrolling, the actual vast distance involved has more of a visceral impact. And I appreciate the little notes that pop in to let me know the browser isn’t stuck in infinite scroll mode.

Click the image to go to Mars.

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to How far to Mars?

  1. Lilaine says:

    I was expecting more of a visceral impact, literally. So, I took my netbook with me to the place where such impacts are welcome, just in case, and, well, I had just enough time to, like… prepare myself and sit back before the trip was over. It was even faster than a pit stop. Cr.p! Well… nope, actually. 😉
    Sorry… I know you’ve got more serious and delicate matters to deal with. Good luck with the checkbook balance! 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      That sounds like you stopped at the Moon. Did you go on to Mars? Or are your pit stops just that efficient? 😉

      • Lilaine says:

        I did go on to Mars, but I clicked the downward arrow after the moon and held the notebook with one hand while ‘preparing’ to sit back with the remaining one (how to reduce efficiency…!). That and I might be a little lazy, deep inside… 😉

  2. Ana_ñ says:

    I started with the sudden impression of going in the opposite direction. I was expecting to go UP to Mars, not a trip downward. Silly, silly me. 🙂

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