Thanks to the dozens of active robots that are currently active on the surface of the Red Planet or in its orbit, Mars is becoming clearer to humans every day and now in one of The latest images from the European Space Agency (ESA) Mars Express orbiter depict a unique Martian feature with stunning detail.
These grooves look like giant scratches on the planet They appear to be part of a massive fault system on Mars known as the Tantalus Fossae. Aside from the details in the image, the scale seen in this image is amazing. These depressions are up to 350 meters deep and 10 kilometers wide and can extend up to 1,000 kilometers.
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This image has a real color, which means that if a person looked at the area with his eyes, he would see the same view. Interestingly, this image is not technically a "photo" but of a Martian digital tint model using high-resolution March Express stereo camera color channels, but at the same time a stunningly clear view of it. Provides a large area of Mars.
The first image shows an oblique perspective, while the next image shows It is a downward view of the Tantalus pit. According to the European Space Agency, the resolution of this image is about 18 meters per pixel, and the center of the image shows a point about 43 degrees north and 257 degrees east of Mars. The north direction in this image is to the right.
A hollow or hollow part of the planet The Tantanus Pit is located along the eastern side of a large, relatively flat Martian volcano called Mount Alba Mons. In terms of area, Mount Alba is the largest volcano on Mars, with volcanic flow fields of at least 1,350 km. But in terms of height, it is only 6.8 km high.
These pits were created when Mount Alba came out of the planet's crust, causing the surrounding area to be pipetted and broken. "The Tantalus Pit Fault is an excellent example of a surface feature known as 'Graben' or 'Frozen'," the European Space Agency wrote in a description of the area. Each trench is formed by the opening of two parallel faults, causing the rock between them to fall into the empty space. " (Alba Fossae) is famous. But these images are not just for seeing beauty, they may help humans better understand how the surface of Mars formed. These structures are thought to have formed not all at once, but one after the other, and this process has led to the disintegration of some of the intersections with them.
For example, the impact crater seen in the images has grabs That exist throughout it, and this indicates that the crater was there first. There is also a smaller crater on the left, which is located above the depressions and is probably younger.
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Photos: Mars Tantalus Cave
Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin
Source: Science Alert