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SPACE ODDITY

India took a picture of Mars—and found a picture of India

David Yanofsky
By David Yanofsky

Editor of code, visuals, and data

Indians are swooning over the first images of Mars taken from their country’s Mars Orbiter Mission—and some are saying MOM captured not just the Red Planet, but also an image of India.

UPI reports that the shape resembles the sub-continent is a surface discoloration.

Trying to find any shapes in the dust and clouds may be as meaningful as, well, staring at the clouds of earth. But if the surface of Mars serves as a Rorschach Test, what Indians see on it is likely a manifestation of their patriotic pride over their country’s remarkable (and remarkably cheap) space odyssey.

 

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