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Mars As Art at Dulles Airport
Mars As Art at Dulles Airport
8 May 2013
(Source: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority)

Color image of vast canyon from orbit.
Valles Marineris as seen by Mars Odyssey.

Washington Dulles International Airport is featuring "Mars As Art" in the Gateway Gallery in the connecting walkway between the AeroTrain C-Gates and the C Concourse until November 30.

Not going to the airport? Browse the images online.

The exhibit showcases more than 45 NASA and European Space Agency images taken from orbit and on the surface of Mars by spacecraft that have visited there.

"Showcasing Mars artistically speaks to us as humans in unexpected ways," said James L. Green, Director of NASA's Planetary Science. "We see the beautiful images backlit in the Gateway Gallery, pause, and wonder... are these real? How were these features created? Could what happen on Mars happen here on Earth?"

For nearly forty years, cosmic bodies around Mars and on its surface have provided stunning photographic images and extraordinary insight into the history, climate and geology of the planet.

Pictured above is Valles Marineris, known as the Grand Canyon of Mars, which is long enough to stretch from New York City to Los Angeles.

Visit the Mars as Art gallery at: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/Mars_as_art/.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, through its Arts Program, offers diverse regional, national and international rotating exhibits, live performances and public art displays that celebrate the beauty and creativity of the National Capital Region.

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