For a space traveler's view of remarkable events that unfolded this past year in and around the solar system, look no further than the JPL website, where a series of digital videos offers spectacular images of Earth, Mars and the far corners of our solar system.
"2010: A Year in Pictures from JPL/NASA" is a fast-moving collection of stills and video clips ranging from space observations of Haiti's devastating earthquake to an electrical storm over the surface of Saturn to colorful infrared images of star formation at the edge of the Milky Way.
The website also features a short time-elapsed video of the blue-hued Martian sunset, captured in early November by the panoramic cameras of the JPL Mars rover Opportunity.
It's the closest thing to standing on the surface of the Red Planet.
"If you were standing right there it would look about the same, with the exception that we had to dim the sun. It's so bright you [otherwise] couldn't look at it without squinting," said Mark Lemmon, a Mars rover science team member who works out of Texas A&M University.