Stunning Photos of the Lowell Crater on Mars Finally Shared by ESA


The ESA managed to build up a fantastic picture of the Lowell Crater on Mars, by centralizing data received from seven different satellites that flew over the large bowl. Named after the American mathematician, astronomer, and writer, Percival Lowell, the Lowell Crater is enormously significant, spreading over roughly 200 kilometers across, and has a long history of around 4 billion years of existence.

ESA shared stunning images of the Lowell Crater on Mars

It is believed by specialists to have developed as a consequence of an asteroid hitting the Martian area “Aonia Terra.” After the impact, huge mountains raised and surrounded the crater.

As ESA states, the “peak ring,” as it is known as, is believed to have formed as a reaction to the enormous amount of energy that was released by the collision, which caused Martian ground to tense up before falling. This phenomenon played a crucial role in the forming of the strange looking mountain range surrounding the crater’s center.

The impact that caused Lowell crater could be comparable with the impact that caused the extinction of dinosaurs on Earth. The Chicxulub crater which can be found in Mexico, and which formed after an asteroid hit the Earth 66 million years ago annihilating dinosaurs, is said by the scientists to be comparable in size with the Lowell crater.

A highly advanced alien society might have built canals on Mars surface

Dr. Lowell was also the first one to promote the hypothesis that a highly advanced society build up many canals that riddle the Mars’ surface. This theory was firstly elaborated by Giovani Schiaparelli back in the 1870s, an Italian scientist who proposed this hypothesis after observing a series of dark lines on the Martian surface.

As presented by the Italian scientist, these lines seemed to look ‘canali’ (in Italian) meaning ‘canals,’ and not ‘channels’ or ‘gullies,’ which instead pointed out to an artificial provenance. This was the core motive that led Dr. Lowell to establish the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1894, which also gave him his reputation.

However, as it later turned out, the ‘canals’ concerned were no more than an optical illusion.


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