MarsFest 2014 Photos: Exploring the Marslike Death Valley National Park

Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley #1

Douglas Messier

Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley is used as an anolog site to understand conditions in Gale Crater on Mars, which is now being explored by NASA's Curiosity rover. [See full story.]

Douglas Holds Microbial Life

Douglas Messier

Susanne Douglas holds up a sample of microbial life that thrives in the harsh environments of Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park. [See full story.]

Bonaccorsi Holds Up Rock

Douglas Messier

NASA Ames and SETI Institute research scientist Rosalba Bonaccorsi holds up a weathered rock as she explains the history of Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park. [See full story.]

Bonaccorsi Explains the History of Ubehebe Crater #1

Douglas Messier

NASA Ames and SETI Institute research scientist Rosalba Bonaccorsi explains the history of Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park. [See full story.]

Bonaccorsi Explains the History of Ubehebe Crater #2

Douglas Messier

NASA Ames and SETI Institute research scientist Rosalba Bonaccorsi explains the history of Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park. [See full story.]

Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley #2

Douglas Messier

Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley is used as an anolog site to understand conditions in Gale Crater on Mars, which is now being explored by NASA's Curiosity rover. [See full story.]

Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley #3

Douglas Messier

behebe Crater in Death Valley is used as an anolog site to understand conditions in Gale Crater on Mars, which is now being explored by NASA's Curiosity rover. [See full story.]

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