Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mars Red Rock

Cape St. Vincent, one of the many promontories that jut out from the walls of Victoria Crater 
 NASA/JPL/Cornell: False-color image captured by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity

Canyon after canyon. They knew the land in a way that even Ann didn’t; every part of Mars interested her equally, so she could not have this focused knowledge of a single region, this way they had of reading it like a story, following its lead through the red rock to a patch of blackish sulfides, or the delicate cinnabar of mercury deposits.

Kim Stanley Robinson [Red Mars, 1993]

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