Where In The Universe Challenge #155

Here’s a new WITU Challenge! This image was sent in by UT reader Yüksel Kenaroglu. Take a look at this image and see if you can determine where in the universe this image is from; give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft/telescope responsible for the image. We’ll provide the image today, but won’t reveal the answer until tomorrow. This gives you a chance to mull over the image and provide your answer/guess in the comment section. Please, no links or extensive explanations of what you think this is — give everyone the chance to guess.

Thanks to Yüksel for the submission. Remember, we’ll take suggestions for future WITU’s — just send Nancy an email NOTE: Don’t send an email to answer the challenge, as several people have done. Provide your answer in the comment section, as stated in the instructions.

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

As many suspected this is the inside of Victoria Crater on Mars, taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Below is the full original, color image, which includes notations for various features, including the Opportunity rover sitting along the rim of the crater.

Victoria Crater, as seen by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL

12 Replies to “Where In The Universe Challenge #155”

  1. It is where some idiot, ignoring the “WET PAINT” sign, touched my newly painted door!

  2. Mars’ Victoria Crater at Meridiani Planum, taken by MRO’s HiRISE. Extra points for the planum info?

  3. Yes, it’s the dunes in Victoria Crater at Meridiani Planum. HiRise camera, MRO, Oct 2006.

  4. Easy: Victoria Crater, Mars. Probably from LRO or HiRise, I’d recognize that distinct pattern of sand dunes anywhere

  5. That’s a close-up of my fingerprint!

    Probably taken with one of these sophisticated machines which take your fingerprints, say, for your passport. They also have this blue shine.

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