Sep 26 2009

Looking Farther (53) – Truly Foreign Soil

Published by at 9:33 am under cosmos

softsoil spirit

This morning and the next coming bunch of days I’m away from my sandy, home soil. Where I’m at the bare earth is a rust red and it clumps together. At least at the lower elevations.

The above NASA photo is of truly foreign soil. Those are the front wheels of the Mars explorer “Spirit” (an oxymoronic name for a high-tech scientific instrument, if you ask me). I’m partly enticed by the photo, imagining what it would be like to hike that rounded ridge to the hilltop. But seeing I couldn’t breath the atmosphere (95% CO2), and the average temperature is about -67 degrees Fahrenheit, maybe I’ll stick to hiking in the desert region currently outside my window.

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