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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Sands on Earth, sands on Mars

Filed under pretty pictures, scale comparisons, Opportunity, Mars Exploration Rovers, Earth, Mars, Earth analogs

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Sands on Earth, sands on Mars Some of the low, sandy ripples observed by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in Meridiani Planum (left) bear a striking resemblance to low, sandy ripples seen in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (right). The scales of these two images are about the same, with the average distance between ripples being 1 to 2 meters.

Left: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell; Right: Jim Bell

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Jim Bell


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