Wow… If this doesn’t blow your mind, you ain’t got a pulse… (And no, this isn’t a photoshop fake. This is real.)
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-caltech/University of Arizona
(The full 1.34 MB image is here.)
What follows is directly from this NASA site:
This image of Victoria Crater in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at more of a sideways angle than earlier orbital images of this crater. The camera pointing was 22 degrees east of straight down, yielding a view comparable to looking at the landscape out an airplane window. East is at the top. The most interesting exposures of geological strata are in the steep walls of the crater, difficult to see from straight overhead. Especially prominent in this oblique view is a bright band near the top of the crater wall. Colors have been enhanced to make subtle differences more visible.
Total cost of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter program? $720 million or $0.72 billion.