The Natural Wonders of Mars are amazing, even though not everything is explored yet. There are still new foundings on the Mars.
Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, is about half the size of Earth, yet it possesses many of our solar system’s most interesting natural wonders. It has two asymmetrically shaped moons, Phobos and Deimos, and has a reddish hue, easily seen from Earth with the naked eye, due to the heavy presence of iron oxide in the soil.
Despite all the conjecture of life having once existed on the planet; to date no proof of the existence of life has been found. Mars, however, does have the largest volcano/mountain in the solar system as well as the biggest known canyon.
Olympus Mons is the first of the Natural Wonders of Mars
Olympus Mons is the solar systems largest volcano. It measure three hundred forty two miles wide, has a volcanic crater of fifty-six miles across and two miles deep. It’s fifteen miles high and possesses cliffs that are a sheer four miles high vertically.
The volcano is so big, that it would encompass the entire state of Utah. In sheer comparison, it is about three times taller than Mt. Everest. Scientists estimate that eruptions started approximately 3.8 billion years ago, and may have continued on and off as recently as two millions years ago. There’s some speculation that it could still be an active volcano.
The Natural Wonders of Mars: Valles Marineris
The Valles Marineris is the biggest known canyon in the solar system. It encompasses a fifth of the way around Mars. It’s six miles or 10 kilometers deep and stretches for over 2500 miles.
Although scientists haven’t ruled out that water may have formed some of the channels, most feel that this canyon was formed when Mars’ tectonic plates cooled and solidified, cracking apart.
The Face on Mars
Many scientists were extremely excited about photographs sent back to Earth from the Viking mission in 1977. One of the pictures sent, showed what seemed to be the likeliness of a face on the surface. The picture provoked many discussions as to the possibility of life having once existed on the planet.
They wondered if they found all of the natural wonders of mars and if there is something hidden from them.
Pictures, however, sent back from another satellite in the early 1990’s, proved that the face was actually an illusion. Just a trick of light on a random geological structure, that happened to be present at the very moment that the picture was being taken.
There are still many questions that haven’t been answered, despite the fact that there are satellite images and robot rovers exploring the planet. High quality images have helped us to understand our planetary neighbor better. As time passes, undoubtedly, more natural phenomenon will come to light, allowing us to marvel at her beauty.
Dog Door on Mars
Recently, enthusiasts flooded social media with photographs depicting what seemed to be a “doorway” onto a hillside on Mars.
The images of the last of the natural wonders of mars, have now gone viral and the media is talking about it.
NASA’s Curiosity rover, which arrived in Gale crater in 2012, captured an image of the “door” on May 7 on the slopes of Mount Sharp, the primary massif within Gale crater.
It is just around one foot high, despite being described as a “pharaonic tomb door” on one website. This description was given because of the item’s similarity to other ancient Egyptian remnants.
If you look at the panoramic image mosaic of the hillside that is located above, it is difficult to see it, but if you look at the individual frame that contains it, you will have no trouble finding it. This can be seen below. Until you realize how narrow it actually is, you may mistake it for a doorway.
In addition, if you increase the contrast in the darker areas of the photograph, the picture almost completely displays a solid rock face in the rear of the interior with the shadows. Therefore, it is not particularly useful as a doorway into the empty hills of Mars since it does not lead very far.