A Beach On Mars

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The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE—High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment—camera has captured one of the most beautiful photographs of Mars to date: An oblique view—at 22 degrees east of straight down—of the Victoria Crater, in the Meridiani Planum region.

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Click on the image to enlarge to see all the incredible detail. Warning, it's huge and takes time to load.

According to NASA, this unique angle will give scientist a great opportunity to study the geological layers in this area. It looks like a dried lake to me—of course is not—but that's just my ignorant untrained eye making things up. [NASA]

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FritzLaurel

Yeah, but the coolest part nobody's talking about is that you can see the tracks left from the rover "Opportunity" on the left-hand side of the pic just above middle. This crater was explored by Opportunity from 2006-2008.