Image of the day: How Mars would look as a habitable planet with oceans

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Jan 14, 2017, 7:12 PM EST (Updated)

Scientists believe that a very long time ago, Mars was not all that different from Earth. It had water — and probably a decent little atmosphere, to boot. So what might it have looked like a few billion years ago?

Artist Kevin Gill decided to put together his best guess of how the Red Planet might’ve looked back when it was still blue. This artist’s impression doesn’t look all that different from how our own planet looks, though those massive, foreign landmasses are almost mesmerizing. He really did an excellent job of trying to figure out how all those features would shake out if the planet’s surface were still covered with water. The geological features are absolutely wild. It’s like Earth, but still alien. 

Looking a few hundred years into the future, it’s also a target for when/if we eventually figure out how to successfully terraform a planet. Here’s hoping Elon Musk is still around by then, floating around as a head in a jar Futurama-style, working out the kinks of Mars colonization.

Check it out below and let us know what you think:


(Via Reddit)