NASA takes picture of ‘bear face’ on the surface of Mars
A strange formation resembling a bear’s face was recorded on the surface of the Red Planet by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter last month.
Two perfectly placed craters form the eyes, a mound with a “V-shaped collapse structure” forms the nose and a circular fracture pattern forms the head, according to the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, which controls the orbiter’s camera.
“The circular fracture pattern may be due to the settling of a deposit above a buried impact crater,” the lab explains. “Maybe the nose is a volcanic or mud vent and the deposit could be lava or mudslides?”
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which lifted off from Earth in 2005, is just one of many spacecraft NASA uses to explore the Red Planet.
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Last year, the rover Curiosity snapped a picture of what appears to be a door carved into the alien landscape. The internet went wild with speculation, but the Curiosity team later clarified that it’s just “a natural geological feature.”
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NASA disabled the InSight Mars lander after four years on the planet last month after the power ran out.
Perseverance, NASA’s other rover on the Red Planet, has been collecting rock samples with its robotic arm since 2021 and exploring the Martian landscape.
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