A strange formation resembling a bear’s face was captured on the surface red planet by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter last month.
The eyes form a perfectly positioned crater, a mound with a “V-collapse structure” that forms the nose, and a circular-headed fracture pattern, according to the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, which controls the orbiter’s camera. .
The laboratory explained that “the circular fracture pattern may be due to sediment settling over a buried impact crater.” “Maybe the nose is a volcanic vent or mud and sediment It could be lava or mud flows? “
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which lifted off from Earth in 2005, is just one of several spacecraft NASA is using to explore the red planet.
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Last year, the Curiosity rover took an image of what appears to be a door carved into the otherworldly landscape. The internet went wild with the speculation, but the Curiosity team later clarified that it was just a “natural geological feature.”
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