Monday, August 10, 2009

An image of Earth...

from space showing the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest and most sterile place on our planet, bound on the east by the Andes Mountains and on the west by the Pacific Ocean (click to enlarge.) The extreme environment there has been studied by NASA as an analog to Mars, and is host to several large astronomical observatories.

Image: ENVISAT Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS.)

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