They discover a crater on Mars with a disturbing resemblance to a human eye: it is about 30 kilometers wide

the space mission Mars-Expressfrom the European Space Agency (ESA, for its acronym in English), has published new images of a crater discovered on the surface of Mars which surprises with its disturbing resemblance to that of a huge human eye.

The peculiar cavity, about 30 kilometers wide and not yet given an official name, has a large patch of dark material inside. Also, you can see that it is surrounded by various meandering canals.

These channels, as detailed by the space agency, resembling the veins found around the human eyeball, they likely carried liquid water to the Red Planet’s surface around 3.5 to 4 billion years ago.

Different materials in the region

The Unnamed Eye Crater is located in the Aonia Terra region, an area made up of several hills that were likely shaped in the past by the passage of water, wind, and ice. Also, their different colors imply that there may be different materials in the area.

Unlike the rest of the Martian surface, which is dominated by a warm red, in the vicinity and inside the crater you can see gray-brown material. It is a field of dark dunes resting on a lighter surface.

Looking inside in more detail, astronomers discovered that the crater is full of hills and cone-shaped ridges, which would show that several different materials also accumulated there.

Aonia Terra, the region of craters

The mountainous region of Aonia Terra, located in the south of the planet, is known for its impressive craters. There is the Lowell crater, about 200 kilometers wide, which is believed to have formed almost four billion years ago during the solar system’s “Late Heavy Bombardment” period, when a large number of asteroids collided with the rocky planets.

The mission Mars-Express has been orbiting the red planet since 2003, take images of the planet’s surface, map its minerals, identify the composition and circulation of its atmosphere, probe beneath its crust and explore how various phenomena in the Martian environment interact.

ESA astronomers suggest that images captured in such locations could help scientists better understand the geology, composition, evolution and future of the planet Mars.

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