Merry Christmas from Mars: Spacecraft Captures 50-Mile-Wide Icy Crater

Incredible images show a gigantic ice-filled crater on Mars measuring about 50 miles wide and is located in the northern lowlands just south of the pole…

The Korolev crater was picked up by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express which making its 15th anniversary of orbiting the red planet.

The ESA announces:

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A winter wonderland sits amid a sandy Martian surface — at least, that’s the story new images released by the European Space Agency (ESA) from the Red Planet seem to tell.

The stunning photos, which reveal a 50-mile-wide crater filled with ice, were shared by the ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft on Thursday. The Korolev crater is located on the northern lowlands of Mars, and it’s consistently covered in a blanket of ice about a mile thick, the ESA said in a recent news release.

The breathtaking image was a creation made up of five images taken by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) aboard the unmanned Mars Express spacecraft. It also features topographic views, which show the complete circular depression on the planet’s surface.

“It is an especially well-preserved example of a martian crater and is filled not by snow but ice,” the ESA explained. “This ever-icy presence is due to an interesting phenomenon known as a ‘cold trap’, which occurs as the name suggests.”

“The very deepest parts of Korolev crater, those containing ice, act as a natural cold trap: the air moving over the deposit of ice cools down and sinks, creating a layer of cold air that sits directly above the ice itself,” the ESA added. More

It is magical to see pictures from another planet. It’s truly amazing how much information you can get from photos. Our ancestors would’ve never imagined a time were humanity would catch actual glimpses of other worlds.

Part of the thrill of watching science-fiction movies is imagining what alien landscapes might look like. To actually see the landscapes of in such clarity is wonderous.



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