Honeycombs on Mars? Camera captures stunning images (video)

Watch the video: Honeycombs on Mars? Camera captures stunning images of the Red Planet.

These are incredibly beautiful shots of the red planet. For more than 15 years, the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been capturing high-resolution images of the Martian surface. They help researchers, for example, to better understand the planet’s landscapes or to locate landing sites for future missions. Camera images are regularly published by the University of Arizona. A new image shows a honeycomb-like structure on Mars. Water and ice create this bizarre effect: when the water in the region freezes, it causes cracks in the ground that form these patterns. This image shows a crater in Arabia Terra, a region north of the planet’s equator. The eroded rims are a clue to researchers that it must be an ancient crater. The dark dots are pits that may have been formed by underground gas making its way to the surface. There are very unusual weather phenomena on Mars – here you can see a frost avalanche: The camera took this picture of the spreading ice in 2011. Scientists suspect that this unusual structure was formed by lava. The pits could be collapsed lava dikes – earlier groundwater channels could also have caused this structure. Spring on Mars brings out these spider web-like formations. They are formed by subsurface dry ice warming up and forming channels on its way to the surface. These are just some of the stunning images from Mars – helping us better understand the red planet. By the way: The public can also make requests for photos of places on Mars via a website – that’s why the camera is also called “The People’s Camera”.
Source: HiRise

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