American space agency NASA has released a new image of a landslide on the Mars. What’s striking about the image is that the landslide is relatively fresh when compared to previously captured landslides. In addition, one can see boulder covered landslip along a canyon wall in the stunning image.
The high-resolution breathtaking image was shooted last year on March 19, 2014, using Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s (MRO) camera named High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment or ‘HiRISE’. However, it took more than a year and a half for the American space agency to process, study and then release the image in the public.
Soon, after the NASA tweeted the image, it went viral on the microblogging site Twitter, receiving more than thousand favourites and retweets. The image is a delight to watch especially for the space enthusiast and astronaut aspirants who have very keen interest in studying the celestial bodies.
The high-resolution image contains several impact craters with variable sizes and in variable density. The size of crater increases and its density decreases towards landslip lobe while several small sized impact craters in high density are present near the valley floor. After a year-long study of the image, NASA scientists concluded that the cliff is relatively fresh when compared all previous known such regions on the Red Planet.
In addition, researchers pointed out the fact that there’s lack of debris below the valley floor that also suggests the landslide is relatively fresh.
Landslide is a natural calamity, it occurs when soil or rock loses its ground and starts falling down the slope due to the force of gravity and entire debris along with rocks get accumulated on the lower ground. Some also call landslides as slumps, landslides or slope failure.
Moreover, NASA’s MRO spacecraft was launched August 12, 2005, with an aim of exploring the red planet from the orbit.