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Exploratour - The Surface of Mars


Introduction

This page is the start of the tour which explores the surface of Mars. In this tour, we will describe different features found on the surface and the geography of the planet. Use the navigation button at the top of the page to move through the tour. To go to the next page, just press the forward link on the navigation button.

To the left is a movie of a rotating Mars. The surface revealed in this animation is one which may seem barren since it is devoid of life or water. We will show in this tour, however, that the surface of Mars has many of the same features found on the surface of the Earth; volcanoes, canyons, continental features, and polar caps.


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