A different view of Mars

This image of Mars from the Curiosity rover is retouched so that the rocks appear the same colour as they would on Earth. This makes the sky much bluer than a real Martian sky ever is, and makes the planet seem much friendlier and more familiar. The image could be that of a rocky outcrop in a terrestrial desert. But it isn’t – it’s a mountain which is 360,000,000 kilometres away.

Thanks to the ever-fascinating Bad Astronomy for bringing this image to my attention.

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