Happyface crater!

Now this is what I call a face on Mars! This is an image, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, of the the Galle crater. And yes, it looks rather like a smiley face.

Named after the astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle, this crater is actually huge. 230 km in diameter. In fact, that smile is really a curved mountain range!

The best part is that this isn’t even the only smiley crater on Mars. There’s another one near Nereidum Montes. Because Mars is a happy little planet.

Also, a big smiley crater on Mars should be familiar to any fans of Watchmen. That scene on Mars near the end of the story? It’s actually set in the Galle crater!


About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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5 Responses to Happyface crater!

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  2. oftenmissunderstood says:


  3. echoofangels says:

    is the Galle crater that you mention in the “happyface” article, the same place as the “Gale crater” that Curiosity landed in?

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