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As NASA’s orbiter turned its camera toward the Martian surface, the bear’s face appeared to be looking back.
A camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, called the High Resolution Imaging Experiment, or HiRISE, captured an image of an unusual geological feature in December.
An example of a circular fracture on the Martian surface forms a head, while two craters resemble eyes. AV-shaped collapse the structure creates the appearance of a bear’s nose.
A circular fracture due to the upheaval of a deposit over a buried impact crater that was filled with lava or silt. A feathered nose may be a molar or a mud hole.
The University of Arizona, which developed the camera with Ball Aerospace, shared the image on January 25.
The photo is similar to another celestial “face” viewed by NASA’s space observatory in October 2022, when the sun appeared to be smiling because of black spots called coronal holes.
Last March, the Curiosity rover spotted a rock formation that looked like a flower on Mars.
The HiRISE camera has been taking images of Mars since 2006, when the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter began orbiting the red planet. The powerful camera is designed to capture detailed images of the Martian surface, including features as small as 3 feet (1 meter).
Mars orbits circles every 112 minutes, flying about 160 miles (255 kilometers) above the South Pole to 200 miles (320 kilometers) above the North Pole.
NASA’s spacecraft and its instruments help scientists study the Martian atmosphere, weather and climate and how they change over time. Orbitra is looking for evidence of water, ice, and complex terrain and is looking for future space probes for other missions.
Most recently, he has returned dazzlingly stunning images that resemble winter on Mars.
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