NASA's HiRISE Mars Orbiter has become an invaluable tool in space exploration. The camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking detailed images since 2006. Last year she photographed a dune-filled crater that is classified as Mars longitude zero. As he continues to document the Red Planet's key geographic features, he stumbles upon some interesting and entertaining formations. In December 2022, HiRISE filmed a truly remarkable discovery. On the surface of Mars, it looks like a bear's face.
However, this striking similarity is not an isolated formation. This is a group of oddly positioned natural land masses. The outline of the bear's head is a circular fissure, and the eyes are two double craters. Its most notable feature, the nose, is described by the University of Arizona as a "V-shaped collapsing structure." The HiRISE team suggests that "the circular patterns of fissures may be related to sediment deposition over buried impact craters." "Maybe the nose is a volcano or a mud hole and the sediment is a lava or mud flow?"
HiPOD: A Bear on Mars?— HiRISE: Beautiful Mars (NASA) (@HiRISE) January 25, 2023
This feature looks a bit like a bear’s face. What is it really?
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