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   Undertoad  Wednesday Oct 15 02:28 PM

10/15/2003: Martian badlands

Okay, so maybe it isn't exactly "badlands" - but pretty close. I was struck by this image because if I hadn't read the caption I would not have guessed what this was. It's a shot of Mars, specifically the north polar ice cap, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor over 3 years ago and just recently released.

The light-toned surfaces are residual water ice that remains through the summer season. The nearly circular band of dark material surrounding the cap consists mainly of sand dunes formed and shaped by wind.

MachineyBear  Wednesday Oct 15 03:16 PM

At first glance I thought it was a shiny close-up of some kind of oil glob. I'm glad it's not, because I don't want to have to declare war against the Martians.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 15 08:38 PM

Great picture, UT. I wonder if that's where Dune was filmed?

Torrere  Wednesday Oct 15 09:25 PM

My first thought was that it looked like a macro shot of water. Except that the title of the thread says that it's from Mars. I glanced at it again and realized: "oh! that must be an ice cap!"

Wow. It really does look like an overly close macro shot of water.

quzah  Thursday Oct 16 12:18 AM

Slap a frame on it and hang it in a gallery. It looks like some painting you'd see. Look at it as a whole rather than focusing on any one part. It looks like paint on canvas


Saraax  Friday Oct 17 03:49 AM

Looks like someone's ass on a Xerox copier to me.

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