NASA discovers an ‘ear’-shaped crater on Mars

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an “ear” on the surface of Mars with its cameras.


NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an ‘ear’-shaped crater on Mars .

The sighting was made by HiRise MRO cameras installed by the University of Arizona.

The ear of mars

According to the HiRise team, the fact that we see an ear in the crater is the effect of pareidolia, which makes humans relate shapes to other recognizable ones, especially body parts.

“Is it pareidolia, where we see features like faces and patterns where they don’t actually exist, if the shape actually does look like something? In this case, we’re looking at an oddly shaped impact crater that looks a lot like an ear,” he wrote. the team. “And once you see it, it’s almost impossible to unsee it.” MRO captured the plugin in late 2020.

Where on Mars is it located?

This crater is about 1,800 meters wide and is located in a region called Chryse Planitia, an area of ​​plains in the northern hemisphere of the Red Planet.

Its origin may be related to the impact of meteorites on the planet.

The HiRise is the most powerful camera ever sent to another planet and features a telescopic lens that produces high-resolution images with infrared observations.