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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mars: Visualizing the Future

A Red Planet Explorer... I recently stumbled upon this neat illustration depicting a lone astronaut venturing about on the surface of Mars. In the distance before him or her is Olympus Mons, which at a height of 85,000 feet (26 kilometers, or 16 miles) is the tallest mountain of any planet in our Solar System. It will be very thrilling to see how this giant shield volcano looks from the Martian surface in real life—whether through the lens of a camera held by human hands, or the robotic arm of another Curiosity or Opportunity-type rover...

An illustration depicting a lone astronaut on the surface of Mars...with Olympus Mons in the background.
Courtesy of Mr. Spaceartist - Ralf Schoofs - Space Art - Portfolio

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