Background of the canyon Melas Chasma resembles a Chinese dragon. Other images found on the planet’s surface include Pacman and the Star Trek Federation insignia.
The team responsible for operating the HiRise camera, installed on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) satellite, published last Saturday (11) a curious photo of the Martian surface. Seen from 258 km above the red planet, the bottom of the Melas Chasma canyon looks like a Chinese dragon.
HiPOD 11 Apr 2020: Year of the Dragon
We rotated this image of light-toned blocky material in southwestern Melas Chasma because from this perspective, it resembles a fabled Chinese dragon.
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The image was captured on July 4, 2007, but it apparently took 13 years for the similarity to be noticed. The orange area in the image corresponds to the background of the canyon, which contrasts with the dark tone of the soil around it.
According to NASA, the bottom of Melas Chasma is made up of “blocks” of light colored material, 100 to 500 meters in diameter and “a few meters” thick, in a region that includes what appear to be the remains of an old lake.
This is not the first curious image that NASA records on the surface of Mars. In addition to the historic “face” photographed by Viking 1 in 1976, the agency has already photographed a crater reminiscent of the Pacman (entitled to a “speck” about to be devoured) and the insignia of the Star Trek Federation of United Planets.
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