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Fri Dec 21, 2018, 04:38 PM

Mars Express beams back images of ice-filled Korolev crater

Trapped layer of cold air keeps water frozen in 50-mile-wide impact crater

The stunning Korolev crater in the northern lowlands of Mars is filled with ice all year round owing to a trapped layer of cold Martian air that keeps the water frozen.

The 50-mile-wide crater contains 530 cubic miles of water ice, as much as Great Bear Lake in northern Canada, and in the centre of the crater the ice is more than a mile thick.

Images beamed back from the red planet show that the lip around the impact crater rises high above the surrounding plain. When thin Martian air then passes over the crater, it becomes trapped and cools to form an insulating layer that prevents the ice from melting.

The latest picture is a composite of five strip-like images taken from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe, which swung into orbit around the planet on Christmas Day 2003. On the same day, the orbiter released the Beagle 2 lander, a British probe built on a shoestring budget, which touched down but failed to fully open on the surface.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/21/mars-express-beams-back-images-of-ice-filled-korolev-crater

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turbinetree Dec 2018 OP
StarryNite Dec 2018 #1
turbinetree Dec 2018 #3
Volaris Dec 2018 #4
Ilsa Dec 2018 #2
pecosbob Dec 2018 #5
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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 04:40 PM

1. Amazing!

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 04:44 PM

3. Yes it is............................

Now if they were to put a robot on this edge and get a sample of the frozen water...................

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 05:52 PM

4. Yep drill a core in the center of that fucker and see what's Frozen in there.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 04:44 PM

2. That's fabulous. nt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 05:55 PM

5. That's a spectacular image...

would love to see the results of analysis of that water.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 07:24 PM

6. Sharpness of that picture is amazing

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