Mars, Dead Ahead!

Zooming toward Mars at some 12,000 mph (about 19,000 kilometers per hour), the Mars Climate Orbiter has snapped the first picture of its destination. Viewed through the spacecraft’s color camera from 2.8 million miles away, Mars looks like a tiny red crescent bobbing in the black of space. NASA released the image Thursday, three days after controllers began operating the orbiter’s cameras.