Space agencies don’t intend to slow down when it comes to the exploration of Mars. Our neighboring planet is home to amazing processes similar to those from Earth, like volcanoes, canyons, seasons, polar ice caps, weather, and so on. Furthermore, about 3.8 billion years ago, there were entire rivers of water flooding the surface of the Red Planet.
But the environmental diversity of Mars has even more wonderful sights to offer us, and recent footage brought by ESA (European Space Agency) using its Mars Express orbiter proves it very well.
Ice lake on the North Pole of Mars
By using data brought by the orbiter, the ESA has made a virtual video flyover of the frozen area. While Mars cannot host liquid water anymore in significant quantities, it can showcase a massive ice lake:
This is how the ESA (European Space Agency) describes its video:
This movie, based on images taken by ESA’s Mars Express, showcases the 82 km wide Korolev crater on Mars.
Located in the northern lowlands of the Red Planet, south of the large Olympia Undae dune field that partly surrounds Mars’ north polar cap, this well-preserved impact crater is filled with water ice all year round. The crater’s floor lies two kilometers below its rim, enclosing a 1.8 km thick domed deposit that represents a large reservoir of non-polar ice on Mars.
NASA plans to return humans to the Moon by 2024 during the Artemis program. The last time astronauts laid foot on the lunar surface was half a century ago, in 1972. If it will work out with the Artemis program, the next step is to land on the Red Planet. Scientists are hoping to find evidence for any life forms on Mars, but also to assess even more the possibility of building a colony there at some point in the future.
Hopefully, there won’t be any COVID-19 2.0 around to ruin the plan.
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