Mars Reveals Bizarre Dunes In A New NASA’s MRO Image

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The Red Planet is a fascinating place for scientists and an attraction for space agencies and future space explorers. While humanity is planning the first crewed mission to Mars and a Mars colony, our neighbor still has many more things to show us. Now, Mars revealed bizarre dunes shaped like T’s and V’s in a new, astonishing NASA’s MRO image.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) snapped the mysterious dunes on Mars in February this year by the HiRes team from the University of Arizona shared the image last Sunday as the “picture of the day.” The same group of scientists was the first to observe the resemblance between the puzzling sand formations on the Red Planet and letter T and V.

While some Internet users came up with theories that the aliens on Mars are behind the strange-looking sand formation, that’s nothing more than pareidolia, the human tendency to notice familiar¬†patterns in designs in separate forms.

Mars Reveals Bizarre Dunes In A New NASA’s MRO Image

As Mars is a windy and dusty planet, bizarre dunes are common on the Red Planet, some looking like familiar things we see here on Earth and others being unique for Mars.

The NASA’s MRO snapped a series of mysterious dunes earlier this year. Those sand formations, even though they look like T’s and V’s, had formed due to the exposure to wind and the angle in which sunlight was falling at the exact time when MRO hovered the region to capture that image you can see at the top of this article.

Also, that’s not the first time when NASA’s MRO is capturing bizarre dunes on Mars. In 2016, the probe snapped a set of sand formations that look like a message written in Morse code. Although many theorized that aliens on Mars are trying to communicate with us, that’s only pareidolia.

Vadim Ioan Caraiman

With over seven years of experience in online journalism, Vadim is passionate about everything related to science and the environment. For us, he will thus cover climate, environment, and science news, among others.


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