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News that geeks can smile about!

Happy Martian landmark
Emoticon crater discovered!

Mars is feeling fine, at least according to a recent mug shot, taken by the cameras onboard the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft!

The NASA geeks in charge of the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) are certainly smiling over this great shot of "Happy Face Crater" located on the east side of Argyre Planitia (that's on Mars, for those who are planetarily challenged).

The crater is officially known as Galle Crater, and it is about 215 kilometers (134 miles) across. The picture was taken by the MOC's red and blue wide angle cameras. The bluish tone is caused by wintertime frost. Coool!


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