(ORDO NEWS) — On the surface of the Red Planet, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to notice something strange – the entrance to a certain cave. The object was captured on January 24, the width of the pit was rather big – 180 meters.
Now experts from the University of Arizona are trying to find out if the image can indicate a network of underground tunnels that were formed by lava flows. The find strongly resembles the formations in the National Volcanic Park in Hawaii.
Underground lava tubes can be large enough to accommodate an entire underground base. Experts want to find out if the entrance leads to a single insulated pipe or to a whole network of underground passages.
NASA has previously encountered similar holes, which were 225 meters across. Unfortunately, there is no way to fly closer to at least one education. The space agency has already begun developing drones for detailed exploration and mapping of caves. When exactly the mission will be launched is unknown.
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