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.

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]


And you saw this one coming, didn't you?

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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.