ESA posts incredible photos of ice-rich impact crater on Mars; check out the details here – Technology News, Firstpost
FP trendFebruary 10, 2022 23:27:35 IST
The European Space Agency (ESA) recently shared incredible photos of a crater on Mars on their official Instagram page. ESA is known to often share such mesmerizing photos on the handle.
This time, the agency gave people a peek inside an ice-rich impact crater on Mars. The photo was taken on June 13 last year in the vast northern plains of Acidalia Planitia.
In the shared post, ESA mentioned that the crater could easily be mistaken for a tree stump, but was in fact a bird’s-eye view of an ice-rich impact crater on the red planet. The interior of the crater is filled with water-ice-rich deposits. “This crater got excited about its rings,” read the caption of ESA’s Instagram post.
The deposits are believed to date back to a time when the red planet’s rotational axis allowed for water ice deposits at lower latitudes, unlike today. Mars also tilts just like Earth and its tilt also gives rise to seasons. However, Mars has experienced a dramatic change in its tilt over a long period of time.
Further, ESA revealed that the crater deposits on Mars have quasi-circular and polygonal fracture patterns that reveal details of the red planet’s history. The characteristic of fractured patterns is said to be caused by seasonal changes in temperature leading to expansion and contraction of ice-rich material.
Check out the incredible images here:
These images from ESA were shared as part of the European-led ExoMars program. The European Space Agency and the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos teamed up in 2016 to send a spacecraft called Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) to Mars and embarked on its full science mission in 2018. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission aims to understand the presence of methane and other atmospheric gases. that may be present on Mars and provide evidence of possible biological or geological activity.
TGO returns spectacular images of the red planet and also maps the planet’s surface for wetland locations. The ExoMars mission also aims to understand the history of water on Mars. Data provided during the ongoing mission will further aid the second ExoMars mission.
After the post was shared on social media, internet users were stunned by the spectacular photos. The post got nearly 17,740 likes on Instagram and sparked a number of comments from enthusiastic users.
One Instagram user wrote, “I love you European Space Agency,” while another loved the images so much that they made a request to download them, writing, “Can we please have the full resolution for download? “.
What do you think of ESA’s incredible photos from Mars?