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10 places on Earth that resemble alien planets

By: Bryan Nelson on March 1, 2013, 1:03 p.m.
Teide National Park, Canary Islands

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Teide National Park, Canary Islands

You could trade a photo from Teide National Park with one from Mars and you might not notice a difference. Many of the landscapes from Teide, which is located in Spain's Canary Islands, make for a perfect analogue for the Red Planet. In fact, in 2010 a research team went here to test an instrument that will be part of the next scheduled mission to Mars, ExoMars, which will be intended to search for biosignatures on the planet.