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Space Tattooed Mars

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Oct 26, 2009.

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  1. Robby

    Robby The Robot

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    NASA Picture Of The Day
    Tattooed Mars


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    This high-resolution picture from the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows twisting dark trails criss-crossing light-colored terrain on the Martian surface. Newly formed trails like these had presented researchers with a tantalizing mystery but are now known to be the work of miniature wind vortices known to occur on the red planet, in other words Martian dust devils. Such spinning columns of rising air heated by the warm surface are also common in dry and desert areas on planet Earth. Typically lasting only a few minutes, dust devils become visible as they pick up loose red-colored dust leaving the darker and heavier sand beneath intact. Ironically, dust devils have been credited with unexpectedly cleaning the solar panels of the Mars rovers. Image Credit: NASA, HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona) (More at NASA Picture Of The Day)
     
  2. Starbeast from Planet X

    Starbeast from Planet X Benevolent Galaxy Being

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    Tattooed Mars? Or something ALIEN to us.

    It's strange to me that this is the only image of this occurance when there have been a multitude of photos and film footage of the planet Mars dating back to the 1970's.
     

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