Scientists have released some of the most detailed photographs of Mars ever taken.
The pictures, which were snapped from a European Space Agency (ESA) probe, show a region of the Red Planet called the Echus Chasma.
The deeply-incised area is a network of valleys that planetary geologists believe were created by channelling groundwater that once flowed on Mars' surface.
These are beautiful scenes of a desolate planet that may have known the life giving presence of flowing water. I sometimes think about a passage in Romans chapter 8:
19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
I believe all of creation was affected by The Fall and we are seeing the interplanetary results of that event. It will be restored in due time and not through the efforts of man.