Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Boyer Park From Space

Okay, not really. I lied. That top picture is actually of Echus Chasma on Mars. It was taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express. It is uncanny how much these spectacular pictures of Mars resemble the canyons of southeast Washington, northeast Oregon and north central Idaho.

Maybe NASA will keep that in mind when they start training for a manned mission to Mars.


Satanic Mechanic said...

They have been training around Eastern Washington for many years. Many Mars probes and rovers have been tested outside of Cheney Washington since the "Scablands" that were created over ten thousand years ago by the Great Missoula Flood resemble the red planet.
A few months ago, prototype Mars rovers were tested at the sand dunes outside of Moses Lake. The rovers were remotely controlled by Johnson Space Center, 1500 miles away.

Barenjager said...

NASA also used Craters of the Moon in southern Idaho to train for the moon missions back in the 60s and 70s.