Southern Dunes

 

Sand dunes within a Martian crater

Here’s an exceptionally beautiful image taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing rippling dunes within a crater on Mars’ southern hemisphere.

The way the dunes are lit reminds me of a Salvador Dali painting, the central area reminiscent of the lower part of a human face. The brightest areas are most likely carbon dioxide frost โ€“ dry ice โ€“ as the region was in winter when this image was taken.

Click here for the original RGB version of the entire region imaged.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

 

2 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    A Salvador Dali painting… or maybe chocolate pudding that’s been in the ‘fridge too long

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    1. J. Major says:

      Dunno what that looks like. Never made it in my fridge that long.

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