NASA Photo of the Day: Victoria Crater on Mars


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.

Alan Speakman


One Response to NASA Photo of the Day: Victoria Crater on Mars

  1. Gerry Ashley says:

    Incredible! Did they indicate how far across and how deep this crater is?

    Something tells me if there is life on Mars, it’s been shaken up pretty well.

    But the crater may ultimately reveal many of Mar’s secrets to Earth’s scientists. This is very exciting and a very cool photo…

    Thanks for posting it.

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