Mars overload

Mars overload

Mars overload

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Sept. 3 2009 7:47 AM

Mars overload


Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

How much Mars can you take?

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One of my favorite cameras in the whole solar system, HiRISE on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, has been snapping away for a long time, taking superduper hires images of the Martian surface. The folks at HiRISE just released thousands of images of the Red Planet for your perusal... and face it, if you have time to kill reading my blog, you have time to kill looking at awesome Mars pictures.

HiRISE Image of defrsting patterns on Mars

Some are gorgeous, some are odd, and some are pure head-scratching "Whaaa?", like the one I show here of defrosting patterns near the Martian south pole. Mars is weird.

But you can find that out for yourself. Go and explore another planet!