The feature on Mars, which looks like a very hairy spider, was most likely caused by the convergence of hundreds or even thousands of tornadoes.
Credit: ESA / Roscosmos / CaSSIS, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
David Bowie sang about his science fiction persona, Ziggy Stardust, acting with Spiders from Mars, and now it turns out that Mars is a "spider"
The image captured by the orbital of the European Space Agency (ESA) has recently shown that it seems to be a very shaggy, blue spider that expands its "legs" along the Martian landscape.
Spider-name is a scattered figure left on the ridge from the frenzy of vigilant devils, when hundreds or even thousands of swirling tornadoes were formed in the area, representatives of the ESA said yesterday (March 1
The ESA-Roscosmos Orbital System ExoMars Trace Gas captured the image on February 8 in the Mars Terra Sabaea region, using a system of color and stereo images of spacecraft (CaSSIS). The blue marks are parts of the spine that were scratched and tornado strewn with the winds. Although the actual color of the tornado material is dark red, it is displayed as a blue in a color composite image; this technique increases the contrast of surface features, according to the statement.
It is not known why so many dust chimneys (or dust storms) converge along the spine, although the mountains of the region can affect the flow of air masses and contribute to tornadoes
Orbital ExoMars, which entered the market in 2016, also March 2 seized the photo of the aircraft NASA InSight The InSight image looks like a small white spot in the dark rock rocket rocket when landing. Nearby are the thermal shield InSight and the parachute that were thrown out during its descent.
; layered deposits near the southern polar cover of Mars; and a 3D view of craters, dunes and shadows.
"All the images we share today represent one of the best of the past few months," said Nicolas Thomas, Chief Researcher at CaSSIS at the University of Bern in Switzerland, in a statement.
"The hairy spider" is not the first pictorial photograph of the Martian function. In 1976 NASA's Viking spacecraft crashed into the image of the mountain on Mars, resembling an unusual resemblance to the human face, while Rover Curiosity captures images that would seem to have shown a rat, a lizard and even a floating spoon – no wonder that all of them
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