Mars was named after the God of War, no doubt because of its red colour. Once thought to be an abode of life, with vegetation and 'canals, bringing water from its melting polar caps into its deserts, it is now known to possess only a very thin atmosphere, but a fascinating, changing landscape of meteoritic and massive volcanic craters – and signs of past water, and perhaps life?

Text & images copyright © 2015 AstroArt by David A. Hardy. All Rights Reserved.

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