Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Greetings from Mars: Planet of Contrasts

Life in the 21st Century will mean having to choose from some of the most exciting holiday destinations on offer throughout the entire solar system. This year, Daily Planet photographer Kitty Keen and I decided to spend a quiet week or so exploring some of the attractions currently available to tourists visiting Mars. This is perhaps not the Red Planet as fondly imagined in popular culture – the colour in many of those early satellite images having been artificially enhanced back on Earth – but it certainly has some spectacular landscapes and undoubted charms of its own.

Pictured above from top to bottom: KH at the foot of Olympus Mons; the ridge along Elysium Planitia, somewhere between the Pathfinder and Viking 2 landing sites (not shown); two views from the new cable car ride along Valles Marineris.

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