Martian slip’n’slide

A lucky snap from the high resolution cameras onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has shown NASA scientists an avalanche in progress on the surface of the planet near its north pole.

While the cause is unknown, the result is spectacular:

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Subsequent orbits of the planet will allow a closer look at the area to see how the terrain responds and to study the composition of the fallen material; already conclusions about the amount of ice involved have been drawn.

Wouldn’t you love to see this in person? One day perhaps…

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