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A NASA Orbiter Took A Picture Of The Face Of A Bear On Mars


A NASA orbiter took a picture of the face of a bear on Mars. The discovery of the face came as something of a surprise to the scientific community. The image appeared on the Martian surface when a camera aboard a NASA orbiter was pointed toward the planet's surface.

An image of the peculiar geological formation was taken in December by a camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter known as the High Resolution Imaging Experiment, or HiRISE for short.

The shape of the head is created by a circular fracture pattern on the surface of Mars, while the eyes are represented by two craters. The appearance of a bear's nose was achieved by using a collapse structure in the shape of a V.

The circular fracture may have been caused by the settling of a deposit on top of a buried impact crater that had been filled in with lava or mud. This could have happened because the crater had been filled with material over time.

It's possible that the protrusion that looks like a nose is a volcanic vent or a mud vent. The image was made public on January 25 by the University of Arizona, which, along with Ball Aerospace, was responsible for the camera's development.

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This photograph brings to mind another "face" in the universe that was captured by a NASA satellite telescope in October 2022. At that time, the sun had what are known as coronal holes, which gave it the appearance of smiling. In addition, the Curiosity rover found a rock formation on Mars that looked like a flower back in March of last year.

NASA captures bear-like looking feature on Mars

Since 2006, when the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter first began orbiting the red planet, the HiRISE camera has been taking pictures of the surface of Mars. The powerful camera was created to take comprehensive photographs of the surface of Mars, including features as small as 3 feet (1 meter) in size.

The orbiter completes one complete rotation of Mars every 112 minutes, during which it travels at an altitude of approximately 160 miles (255 kilometers) over the planet's south pole and 200 miles (320 kilometers) above the planet's north pole.

NASA scientists are able to investigate the atmosphere, weather, and climate of Mars, as well as how these things change over time, with the assistance of the spacecraft and the suite of equipment it carries.

In addition to scouting potential future landing locations for later missions, the orbiter looks for signs of water and ice, as well as complicated topography. The orbiter had just sent back some breathtaking pictures showing what winter looks like on Mars.

It is not the first time that scientists have discovered photographs taken from beyond Earth that bear an eerie resemblance to beings or things seen on our planet. The phenomenon known as pareidolia describes how people have a tendency to see patterns or images in places where they do not actually exist.


Scientists found a big rock on Mars in 1997 and gave it the name "Pooh Bear." In 1976, the Viking 1 spacecraft from NASA noticed a mesa on Mars that resembled the profile of a human face and measured over two miles from end to end. This mesa was located in a region of Mars called Cydonia.

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Rhyley Carney

Rhyley Carney - Rhyley Carney is a New York Times bestselling author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content designer, and writing teacher/lecturer who has won five Bram Stoker Awards. More than a dozen countries have purchased her novels.

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