New Photos Show Ice-Filled Martian Crater

VIEW OF KOROLEV CRATER

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an eye-opening pair of new photos that show a massive crater of water ice on Mars. The crater measures 51 miles (83km) across and contains a 1.1-mile-thick (1.8km) mount of water ice all year round.

The ESA estimates that the crater contains 528 cubic miles (2,200 cubic kilometers) of water ice.

Top View Korolev crater

The composite photos of Korolev crater were captured by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) over a series of orbits around the Red Planet earlier in 2018 (starting at the beginning of April). During each of the orbits, the camera captured a strip of imagery. Five such strips were combined to create the two photos.

“This ever-icy presence is due to an interesting phenomenon known as a ‘cold trap’, which occurs as the name suggests,” the ESA writes. “The crater’s floor is deep, lying some two kilometers vertically beneath its rim. The very deepest parts of Korolev crater, those containing ice, act as a natural cold trap: the air moving over the deposit of ice cools down and sinks, creating a layer of cold air that sits directly above the ice itself.

“Behaving as a shield, this layer helps the ice remain stable and stops it from heating up and disappearing. Air is a poor conductor of heat, exacerbating this effect and keeping Korolev crater permanently icy.”

 

Life On Mars? UFO Hunters Claims Spark Online Debate

Has NASA just accidentally revealed there is in fact alien life on Mars? Claims made by UFO hunters have sent the internet into a heated debate about an image snapped by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

The Bizarre footage, which has recently emerged on various Social Networks claims that NASA is HIDING traces of life on Mars.

A Video uploaded to YouTube by ArtAlienTV shows the alleged evidence which was photographed on January 20, 2018, on the surface of the red planet.

This image was taken by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity

The image reveals an eerie Martian landscape and something ‘flying’ in the sky.

The miniature object, according to UFO hunters, represents some sort of alien bird.

“What looks like a UFO on Mars in Gale Crater. It is probably quite small and close to the rover but it is hard to tell. It may be some windblown debris of some sort but seems to have symmetry and an almost insect-like appearance. Rocks don’t fly. An open mind is required when viewing images from other planets. One day our very survival may depend on it,” wrote the uploader in the video’s description.

The narrator of the video explains that the object seen by NASA’s Curiosity rover cannot be something on the lens, as following images taken by Curiosity do not show the object anymore.

Some even claim that the image wasn’t actually taken on Mars, but that the image was snapped on Earth, suggesting that NASA never made it to Mars.

The video, images and theories surrounding the bizarre claims have created a heated online debate, resulting in different comments and opinions.

What do you think?