9 best images of Mars in 2016 In the brightly lit, golden inner region of our Solar System, where our Sun's streaming stellar fire can r...
9 best images of Mars in 2016
In the brightly lit, golden inner region of our Solar System, where our Sun's streaming stellar fire can reach with its tender warmth and lovely light, the Red Planet Mars circles our Star. Perhaps no other planet has captured the human imagination more than Mars, the fourth major planet from our Sun, because we have long recognized it as a world capable of hosting life as we know it. However, despite being Earth's near-neighbor in our Solar System, Mars has nevertheless managed to keep some very intriguing, ancient secrets well-hidden from the prying eyes of curious observers. In March 2016, a team of planetary scientists released their research findings suggesting that the surface of Mars tilted by 20 to 25 degrees 3 to 3.5 billion years ago. This catastrophe was caused by a tremendous volcanic structure, the Tharsis volcanic dome, which is the largest of its seething, eruptive kind in our Solar System. Because of the volcano's extraordinary mass, it caused the outer layers of Mars to rotate around its core!
Damage on the aluminum wheels is evident after 7 miles (11.3 km) on the odometer of the Curiosity rover. Mars’ terrain and diverse rocks led to more wheel damage than was expected. However scientists think the 20 inches (51 cm) wheels may permit the rover to continue its mission. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS