Mind-blowing photos of Mars ‘Grand Canyon’ that’s BIGGEST in entire Solar System snapped by Nasa probe
STUNNING new images of the largest canyon in our Solar System have been taken by a Nasa probe on Mars.
The Valles Marineris is a system of huge canyons that spreads for 2,500 miles along the equator of the Red Planet.
The new images show the canyon in detail[/caption]
It’s nearly ten times as long as the Grand Canyon on Earth.
It’s also three times deeper.
The sheer size of the canyon system means it’s surrounded in mysery.
University of Arizona researchers wanted to explore it more and so they used a high-resolution camera called HiRISE.
It may have been carved out by ancient water or extreme volcanic activity[/caption]
This camera is onboard Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
They’ve been taking images of the canyon since 2006 to try and look at its strange features and get some kind of insight into how it formed.
Earth’s Grand Canyon system is said to have been carved out by billions of years of fast moving water.
The vastness of the canyon complex looks like a big cut on Mars’s surface[/caption]
The Valles Marineris, on the other hand, may have been formed due to huge amount of volcanic activity.
One theory is that Mars’s crust may have stretched and ripped open when a super-group of volcanoes was first forming.
Ancient rivers, landslides and magma may have caused even more erosion.
Scientists will use detailed images like the ones above to try and get more answers.
Here’s what you need to know about the Red Planet…
- Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun
- It is named after the Roman god of war
- The landmass of Mars is very similar to Earth but due to the difference in gravity you could jump three times higher there than you can here
- Mars is mountainous and hosts the tallest mountain known in the Solar System called Olympus Mons, which is three times higher than Everest
- Mars is considered to be the second most habitable planet after Earth
- It takes the planet 687 Earth days to orbit the Sun
- So far, there has been 39 missions to Mars but only 16 of these have been successful
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