Where In The Universe Challenge #155

Article written: 26 Oct , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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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 Responses

  1. Joseph Steele says

    Victoria Crater on Mars, taken from the MRO

  2. William Sparrow says

    Mars, I’ll agree on the Victoria Crater as Joseph states previously.

  3. Member
    IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE says

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

  4. Nathan Mantia says

    I concur, Victoria Crater by MRO

  5. Anonymous says

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

  6. Bill Gawne says

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

  7. Pete Schrock says

    Victoria Crater, Mars – although it looks like a tissue cell

  8. Erik Wessel says

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

  9. Anonymous says

    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.

  10. Frederic Clery says

    Probably some cloud formation (maybe in relation with HAARP??!!??)

  11. Santo says

    Ganimedes maybe… galileo spacecraft

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