This photo shows a hole in Mars that could be suitable for “Martian life”

Mar 5, 2020

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This photo shows a hole in Mars that could be suitable for “Martian life”

Mar 5, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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What do you think, will humans get to conquer Mars? For now it still falls within the scope of fiction, but the actual plans to get there have been real for decades. Well, if it ever happens – there’s a hole on Mars where humans could find shelter. And NASA has recently published an epic photo of it.

The hole was discovered accidentally (like many great things in science). The researchers spotted it in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano. “The photo was taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars,” NASA explains on its website Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD).

credits: NASA/JPL/UArizona
credits: NASA/JPL/UArizona

Tim Titus of the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff explains that holes like this are entries to the subsurface of Mars, “whether these are just deep vertical shafts or openings into spacious caverns.” He adds that “caves might provide a protected niche for past or current life, or shelter for humans in the future.” The conditions on Mars are pretty harsh, and potential explorers and inhabitants could find shelter in holes such as this one. Whether humans send spacecraft, robots, or even go to Mars themselves someday, these holes and their interior caves could protect them.

I wonder if I’ll live to see the first human sent to Mars? I highly doubt it. Still, I always find discoveries like this exciting, and not to mention that the photos are pretty epic, too.

[via the Independent, APOD; image credits: NASA, JPL, U. Arizona]

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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6 responses to “This photo shows a hole in Mars that could be suitable for “Martian life””

  1. Chris Brock Avatar
    Chris Brock

    #DrSandraLee

  2. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    This is interesting but.. why is this on a Photography blog?

  3. A77en Avatar
    A77en

    Han Solo thought the same thing while fleeing the Imperial Navy through an asteroid field after escaping from the ice planet Hoth… the “hole” he sought protection in turned out to be something else altogether…

  4. Gary McMullen Avatar
    Gary McMullen

    Again, who cares?

  5. Mark Fredrickson Avatar
    Mark Fredrickson

    Zit or tit?

  6. J Kenrick Bernard Avatar
    J Kenrick Bernard

    Every couple of years you hear some thing like this.