272 – Mars Mandala

Mars Mandala - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Mars Mandala – NASA/JPL-Caltech

Big news yesterday…NASA confirms evidence of intermittent liquid water on present-day Mars! And in honor of this announcement, I present to you one of NASA’s more interesting photos of Mars (imho). While Earth is considered the blue dot in space…Mars would be the red dot.

From NASA’s post yesterday they state:

“Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we’ve long suspected,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water — albeit briny — is flowing today on the surface of Mars.”

You may find it interesting to also check out the BBC’s very informative article by Jonathan Amos about this amazing find: Martian salt streaks ‘painted by liquid water’

It’s fascinating to me how in this photo Mars looks almost shiny…like it’s a polished marble. Looking at some of the textures on the planet, I find the dark linear section with all its added textures surrounding it rather intriguing. I wonder what happened there?

And how about those two dark round spots on the left. What do you suppose those are? In my wacky imagination, I envision a third one just around the corner…making this a rather large bowling ball in space…but that’s just me.

What do you see?

Happy Coloring!

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