Mars’ South Polar area appears very smooth and welcoming.


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There’s one place on Mars the place Tony Manero from Saturday Evening Fever would really feel proper at residence. 

The Excessive Decision Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise) group posted a Mars terrain picture final week and every single day since I’ve gone again to take a look at it, unable to shake the sensation that it appears like a close-up of shaggy 1970s carpeting.


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We’re not speaking a budget stuff. That is the type that has a little bit of swirl to it and you could possibly sink your naked ft into whereas boogieing to Dancing Queen. 

There is a little bit of thriller as to why this a part of Mars appears prefer it might be discovered on the ground of the Brady Bunch home. 

“This terrain is uncommon for the South Polar area of Mars, with a set of curved ridges of unknown origin,” writes HiRise principal investigator Alfred McEwen. The HiRise group is predicated out of the College of Arizona in Tucson and shares pictures from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. 

McEwen suggests the small pits seen on the ridges might have been brought on by sublimation of ice, which occurs when ice turns instantly into vapor.

We have seen lots of wild formations on the floor of Mars, from pebbles that resemble blueberries to spidery panorama options. Now we will add a shag carpet to the combo. 

This may be a good time placed on some bell bottoms and cue up David Bowie’s ’70s hit Life on Mars.