Mars is known for its reddish hue, but not everything on the planet falls into line with that color scheme. The European Space Agency released a new look at Mars on Monday that shows the planet's startlingly white south pole contrasting with its dusky red landscape.
The photo comes from the ESA's Mars Express orbiter, which snapped the picture on October 16.
Mars' south pole gets its bright look from an ice cap made up mainly of carbon dioxide. According to NASA, carbon dioxide freezes at -193 degrees Fahrenheit (-125 degrees Celsius). That means it would be a terrible place to try to take a ski vacation.
The Mars Express spacecraft is equipped with a webcam that was originally meant to confirm the separation of the Beagle-2 lander back in 2003. It lived through several dark years before the ESA turned it back on in 2007 to capture wide-angle views of its host planet.
The ESA released the Mars Express image in celebration of its ExoMars mission arriving at the Red Planet this month. The ExoMars program is dedicated to exploring whether life ever existed on Mars.