Photos of Mars
Call me a geek if you want, but there's something so cool about the these pictures--they may not rival the scenic backgrounds taken here on earth that I download from Webshots (though even among those I have an earlier one taken by one of the rovers), but simply the realization that it was taken on another planet and yet looks so clear--not an artist's rendering but an actual photo taken on Mars. I just find that stunning and exciting at once:
This second one is digitally enhanced, which makes it clearer but a little less like what you'd actually see if you were there:
While we were hiking over the weekend, the son of one of our co-hikers asked his dad if they might climb Mt. Everest some day. Who knows, maybe climbing Olympus Mons will be the big adventure in some future generation.