Blue Mars!

This beautifully intricate piece of orbital photography is, believe it or not, a close up of surface of Mars, near a meteor impact site. Not so red right there, is it? Dig below Mars’ butterscotchey exterior and you can find a myriad colours, each one due to a different mineral. In casually referring to Mars as “the red planet”, we quite unwittingly dismiss the fact that our small neighbouring planet is rich with every bit as much geological wealth as we have back here on Earth. Just imagine, if you will, standing on Mars, somehwere near Nili Fossae, in a valley the colour of lapis. Now imagine enjoying a blue sunset against a blue landscape. I wonder if it’s a little premature to consider booking a holiday to Mars…

Tip of the orbital camera to Short Sharp Science for this drop dead gorgeous image from the MRO’s HiRISE instrument!
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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