The Mars Landscape’s Staggering Diversity

Mars Landscape Planet Mars

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More than any other planet beyond Earth, more than any other heavenly body discovered since the rapid expansion of telescopes, Mars has made a multi-millennia-long career out of taunting humanity. Named for the Roman god of war, Mars is usually visible to the naked eye as a red, flickering pinhole in the night sky. But with only a beginner’s telescope, the many contours and colors of the Martian landscape become clear, and a bizarre and intriguing world lays waiting to be discovered.

Mars Landscape Blue Rock

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Mars is often called the red planet due to its blood-red appearance to the naked eye. But one look through the telescope shows that in fact Mars is rusty orange-brown, streaked with long, jagged black lines and capped on both ends with swirls of pure white. Mars is literally rusted over with iron oxide, but recent meddling by Mars probes has uncovered interiors of a much brighter and more colorful nature.

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The Milky Way And Lightning Careening Over Greece

Milky Way Lightning Over Greece

Source: NASA

Part of NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day” series, the photo above blurs the properties of Earth and the celestial Milky Way, as in its presentation it’s difficult to discern which body is doling out the lightning near Greece’s Corfu island. Either way, it’s a stellar shot.

The Surreal Sand Dunes Of Mars

Surreal Sand Dunes Mars

Source: NASA, http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100119.html

Photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, what may look like trees is something else entirely. They’re simply brownish sand streaks cascading down melting sand dunes covered in frost.

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