(ORDO NEWS) — NASA’s Curiosity rover has spotted some strange rock formations in the Martian landscape. Thin and elongated ledges of sedimentary rocks look like frozen streams of water.
The unusual rocks were originally written by experts from the SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) institute. They posted the photos on May 26th. But according to NASA , the picture was taken on May 15th.
Curiosity explores Gale Crater. Photographing unusual alien landscapes is not only a fun pastime, photographing unusual features gives scientists insight into weather conditions and rock types in certain places, allowing them to understand how these features were formed.
What are these mountain formations?
According to SETI, “The rocks are most likely cemented infills of ancient cracks in sedimentary rock. The rest of the rock was made of softer material and was destroyed by erosion.”
With such a thin atmosphere – more than 100 times thinner than Earth’s – the Martian landscape can be a harsh place.
Strong winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, ancient water and occasional epic dust storms have shaped the topography for millions of years, creating features like this.
These stone structures look extremely unstable, but experts say they are strong enough to withstand the lighter gravity on the surface of Mars.
Such images help scientists learn more about the history and structure of the Red Planet, and their analysis sheds light on the main question: was there ever and could there ever be life on Mars?
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