Stunning craters, a giant canyon, and lit-up sand dunes in red and pink hues punctuate the landscape. Severe weather leads to icy cold and dangerously hot temperatures. This strange world is not a place for humans.
This is not Mars but Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest and driest places in North America. The two are so strikingly similar that NASA has been using California’s unique national park as a stand-in for the Red Planet for decades, most recently as part of preparation for the probe’s successful landing in 2021.
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