Where In The Universe Challenge #132

Here’s this week’s Where In The Universe Challenge. Take a look and see if you can name where in the Universe this image is from. Give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft, telescope or instrument responsible for the image. We provide the image today, but won’t reveal the answer until later. This gives you a chance to mull over the image and provide your answer/guess in the comment section. And please, no links or extensive explanations of what you think this is — give everyone the chance to guess.

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

This is a view of the interior of a crater on the northern hemisphere of Mars — just below the polar ice cap — which has ice and polygon-shaped cracks, commonly found where subsurface water freezes and thaws during the variations in Mars’ seasons. The image was taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2008. Find out more about his image at the HiRISE website. And check back later this week for another test of your visual knowledge of the cosmos!

Nancy Atkinson

Nancy has been with Universe Today since 2004. She is the author of a new book on the Apollo program, "Eight Years to the Moon," which shares the stories of 60 engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to make landing on the Moon possible. Her first book, "Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos" tells the stories of those who work on NASA's robotic missions to explore the Solar System and beyond.

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