Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 13, 2014

The Last Days of Mars (Part I): the Noctis Labyrinthus Region
The Last Days of Mars (Part I): the Noctis Labyrinthus Region

Credits: Don Edwards; additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/LXTT/IPF

Dear Friends of Lunar Explorer Italia and the Italian Planetary Foundation,

starting from today's APOD, we would like to submit to your careful attention and consideration, 5 (five) "Martian Fantasies" which, in our opinion, may give you an idea about how Mars could have looked like near the end of its "Life" (as we know it, of course). We imagined the existence of some residual Wet-Lands (for instance, a few Lakes with some small River nearby), and a little Vegetation, located just in their immediate proximities.

And then ... a boundless Desert. In other words, only a few "Oasis of Life", made of residual Waters and a minimal Local Vegetation, and both completely surrounded by the yellow and orange Sands of a Desert which, in a (we believe, relatively) short amount of time, would have covered the entire Planet, and turned it into what we can see today.

Please, some feedback on your side will be deeply appreciated and therefore, do not hesitate to write to us and let us know what you think of these "Fantasies" which we have decided to entitle "The Last Days of Mars".

Thanks and enjoy!

Dr Paolo C. Fienga (PhD) - E-mail:

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