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Earth, Venus and Jupiter Skyline Seen from Mars: Real or Fake?
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11 Aug 2012 02:10 PM EST

-by Molly C. Braswell, Staff Writer; Image: The possible view from Mars that some say may be a fake image. (Image Source: Discover Magazine)

A photo is circulating around the web in which tiny images of Earth, Jupiter and Venus can allegedly be seen from the skyline of Mars.

While the astounding image looks very cool, many people are saying the picture is, unfortunately, a fake.

“The landscape color is a bit too saturated for Mars,” explained a blogger for Discover Magazine. “The sky’s the wrong color. The clouds are too numerous, the wrong color as well, and they have that ‘rendered by software’ look to them.”

The blogger admits that while he has experience, his “gut sense” is not always correct—though he does go on to describe the image’s many flaws, including the small “NE” in the bottom left corner of the image, which is used in planetarium software to show directions.

NASA has not commented on the circulating photo—meaning that it is more than likely a fabricated image. Still, it is interesting to guess what the Mars skyline would look like, and hopefully NASA’s Curiosity rover will soon show us what we could previously only imagine in our science fiction fantasies.

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Date: 25 August, 2012
Posted by: Chris
Comment: "Still, it is interesting to guess what the Mars skyline would look like, and hopefully NASA’s Curiosity rover will soon show us what we could previously only imagine in our science fiction fantasies." I'm sorry, have you been hiding under a rock for 35 years? Theres been quite a few mars probes sent to mars, including 3 rovers, and we've had colour pictures of mars since the viking probes in 1975. The Spirit rover also took a real picture of the earth from mars in 2004: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/4542423536/#/
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