Mars is a ‘winter wonderland’ in this frosty photo

Winter view of snow over the southern hemisphere of Mars.  The picture was taken by Mars Express in May.

Winter view of snow in the southern hemisphere of Mars as seen by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft. (Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

A newly released photo of Mars shows an icy scene with ribbons of red and white dancing across a frosty landscape near the planet’s south pole.

While the snowy scene may evoke the feeling of a “winter wonderland” on the Red Planet, it was actually captured by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter on May 19. This means that the colder image actually represents spring in the southern hemisphere of Mars and that the Martian ice had begun to recede.



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