Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 17, 2014

The Last Days of Mars (Part V): the South Pole
The Last Days of Mars (Part V): the South Pole

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

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

today we complete, with the fifth Martian Fantasy, the path we started a few days ago (such as on January, 13th, 2014). We have submitted to your careful attention and consideration, 5 (five) "Martian Fantasies" which, in our opinion, might have given 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.

Today's last "Computer-made Reconstruction" shows you the entire South Pole of Mars.

Note: for a better understanding of what we have been trying to show you here, please consider that in the locations where the color of the Residual Waters tends towards the green and a very light blue, it means that said Residual Waters are already very shallow; on the other hand, the darker the color of the Residual Waters gets, then the greater is their actual depth.

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 thought of these "Fantasies" that we have decided to entitle "The Last Days of Mars".

Thanks and enjoy!

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

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