Is it a bear? Wolf? “Dogs?” The Internet has shared mixed opinions about the image published by NASA, which shows what the face of a bear on Mars looks like.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the Red Planet for nearly 17 years and sending back high-resolution images, captured the photo on December 12. The orbiting camera is part of a high-resolution imaging science experiment known as HiRISE. managed by the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
When HiRISE shared a photo of a bear Twitter:, the Internet had its own ideas about what the image looked like. Some said it was more like “Doge,” the popular Internet meme-turned-cryptocurrency. Others pretended it was an owl’s face.
What’s actually there, the researchers say, is a mound with a V-shaped collapse structure (the nose), two craters for eyes, and a “circular fracture pattern” that forms the head.
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“The circular fracture pattern may be due to the deposition of sediment on a buried impact crater,” the HiRISE researchers said.
“Maybe just grin and bear it,” they joked.
According to HiRISE, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s camera “operates in visible wavelengths like the human eye, but with a telescopic lens that produces images at resolutions never before seen in planetary exploration missions.”
“These high-resolution images enable scientists to distinguish objects on Mars down to 1 meter (about 3 feet) in size and study morphology (surface structure) in a much more comprehensive way than ever before,” HiRISE said. website.