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8 mysterious images of Mars

Oct. 11, 2010, 11:55 a.m.
Barsoom landscape

Photo: NASA/JPL/Cornell

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Barsoom

Mars maintains a bright red-orange hue because of the rust-colored, iron-rich minerals in the soil. This landscape is named from the 1913 science-fiction classic, "The Gods of Mars." Barsoom was the local name for the red planet. This photo was taken by the Mars Rover Spirit as it wintered on a small hill known as Low Ridge.