Despite scientists’ growing knowledge of Mars, much of the planet remains mysterious,media CNET reported. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter MRO has taken a “inexplicable” picture of the ridge-like terrain near an area called Aureum Chaos.
The MRO’s HiRise camera took a closer look at the area. “We can see a lot of detail in this image, but the source of the surface texture is interesting,” the University of Arizona’s HiRise team wrote on August 30th.
The HiRise team came up with a possible explanation, starting with the stratation of sediments long before water or volcanic activity. “Stress in the sediment forms a rough polygonal pattern of the ground, groundwater follows the cracks, and the deposited minerals cure the sediment. This may be followed by billions of years of wind erosion, which makes the cracks in the solid as towering ridges. “The HiRise panel proposed.
“Of course, the story is almost certainly incomplete if it’s not completely wrong.” The topic concluded.
The rugged landscape is not a good place for rover exploration or human landings. That’s where helicopters like NASA’s recently launched Perseverance rover could one day come in use. If successful, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter could open up new trends in exploring other worlds, with a closer look at locations that other robotic explorers can’t.