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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Searching for Aliens in the Sonoran Desert

For migrants who cross into southern Arizona, the environment can be as inhospitable as Mars. While night offers respite from the heat, it brings other challenges. Perched atop a mountain at sunset, a Border Patrol mobile surveillance vehicle uses long-range thermal imaging cameras to scan the valley below for signs of life.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: Near Sells, Arizona, Arizona, United States of America
Camera: Pixel 3a
Copyright: © Michael Vincent