Wielki sekret Marsa odkryty. Cały czas mieliśmy go pod nosem

Sensation on Mars. The secret was right under my nose

Scientists have discovered a new, gigantic volcano on the surface of Mars. The newly identified structure may hide traces of life.

Sometimes the hardest thing to find is what is in front of us all the time. At least this is how one can describe the new discovery of scientists who managed to identify a huge volcano on the surface of Mars. Although it is located in a very well-documented part of the planet, due to numerous traces of erosion, it took experts several decades to clearly determine what they were actually looking at.

New volcano discovered on Mars

The “new” volcano is located at the junction of two canyons: Noctis Labyrinthus and Valles Marineris. Marineris approx. 450 km in diameter and 9,022 m high. It was probably formed at an early stage of the planet’s “life”, but scientists have not been able to determine how early at this stage. However, we know that its surface shows traces of relatively recent eruptions. It is possible that the newly discovered volcano is still active.

Mars' great secret revealed.  We kept an eye on him all the time
Source: Background image: NASA/USGS Mars globe. Geologic interpretation and annotations by Pascal Lee and Sourabh Shubham 2024

According to scientists, the identified volcano is an ideal candidate for the next research mission. Its complex structure is a treasure trove of knowledge about the geological history of the Red Planet. Moreover, it is speculated that they may still be hiding beneath the surface glacier remains, which would be a valuable discovery from the perspective of a future manned mission.

Mars' great secret revealed.  We kept an eye on him all the time
Source: Background images: NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) mosaic and Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) digital elevation model. Geologic interpretation & annotations by Pascal Lee & Sourabh Shubham 2024

Some opinions even indicate that the old, potentially still active volcano may be an ideal place to look for traces of life. Either way, the new discovery is certainly one of the most important turns in the history of Mars exploration that we have seen recently.

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