Earth or Mars? Stunning image of the Sahara resembles Red Planet

Science/9614351/Images of Earth This might look like Mars, but it's actually a shot of Earth snapped by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
This might look like Mars, but it’s actually a shot of Earth snapped by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet. (ESA / NASA)

An incredible picture of the Sahara Desert taken from space looks more like a picture of the surface of Mars.

European Space Agency’s (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared the images on Twitter after snapping them from the orbiting International Space Station (ISS).

At a height of 250 miles above the surface, the pictures capture the ‘Eye of Sahara’ in western Africa.

‘I thought I was orbiting Mars when I saw this view! No cloud in sight and the red and ochre colors stretching to the horizon,’ Pesquet captioned the images.

‘This is how I imagine the Perseverance rover would have seen Mars on its approach to landing.’

Another view of the Sahara from space (ESA / NASA)
Another view of the Sahara from space (ESA / NASA)
An Expedition 50 Earth observation composite of the Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of Sahara and Guelb er Richat, in the Sahara near Ouadane in west-central Mauritania, western Africa. (ESA)
An Expedition 50 Earth observation composite of the Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of Sahara and Guelb er Richat, in the Sahara near Ouadane in west-central Mauritania, western Africa. (ESA)

The Eye of Sahara, formally known as the Richat Structure, is located in the Sahara near Ouadane in west-central Mauritania, western Africa.

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