Mars image that reminded me my “Martian beginnings”

These days it has been almost 26 years since the time when I was reading one of my very first books about Astronomy and I stopped on one of the pages.

I remember this really well. There was a photo of Martian landscape, taken by one of the Viking landers. I was such impressed by that photo – I completely understood that this is not just a desert elsewhere on Earth, but this is a country on another planet – on Mars. In the following days and weeks I was frequently returning to this photo and still could not stop thinking about that silence and about that free and even not-touched natural environment there. Rocks and sand that was never touched by any humans. These impressions were the first that “planted a seed” of a “planetary curiosity” in my head and I started to dream my first planetary dreams.

Below you can see the mentioned photo of landscape on Mars by Viking lander:

Today it is November 25, 2021 and I have been just looking for something in the NASA’s image database. When browsing the raw and modified photos, I came to one that has been recently taken by Perseverance rover. I immediately stopped and my brain shouted – “wait, this is something that you know” … The image reminded me the photo of the Viking probe that I saw a lot of years before. Of course, it is totally different location on Mars, but the feeling is still the same. You know, I am sure that the excitement that this planet can bring to every explorer is something that the one will never forget.

Below you can see the photo that was taken by Mars Perseverance rover recently:

~Jozef

Sources: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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