The Martian spacecraft spotted an “angelic figure” near the South Pole before Christmas

While Santa Claus prepares Christmas on Earth At the Earth’s north pole, angels engage in the holiday spirit South Pole of Mars. A spacecraft spotted an “angelic figure” and a large heart at the south pole of Mars just one week before Christmas.

This week, the high-resolution stereo camera on the ESA’s Mars Express captured “the outlined wings of an angelic figure complete with an aura,” as well as a large heart next to them. The pair of festive silhouettes appear in bright red, in stark contrast to the lighter tan of Mars sand surrounding them.

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This image provides a perspective view of a pair of ceremonial silhouettes – an angel (left) and a heart (right) spotted by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express near the south pole of Mars. It consists of data collected by ESA’s Mars Express company on November 8, 2020.

Bjorn Schreiner 2020 @ FU Berlin

according to Space agencyThe darker color is due to the sand dune formation made up of minerals also found on Earth, such as pyroxene and olivine.

The South Pole itself, which is currently in the summer months, is to the right of the ethereal scene, completely out of frame. During the winter of Mars, the area will be covered by an ice sheet a mile thick and 250 miles wide – but now, ice stores are at their annual lowest levels.

Officials said the angel’s hand, which appears to be reaching to the left, is possibly a large sublimation crater – a depression in the planet’s surface that forms when the ice turns into gas in the summer months.

This image provides perspective of a heart-shaped silhouette spotted by the European Space Agency Mars Express near the south pole of Mars.

Bjorn Schreiner 2020 @ FU Berlin

It seems that the angel’s head and aura were formed when a celestial body collided with the planet, revealing sub-surface layers that give a glimpse into Mars’ long history. The core is the result of a series of cliffs formed by erosion.

The scenic landscape also shows the Martian dust demons to the left of the figure. Dust devils, scattered across the Red Planet, are formed when strong winds raise dust from the surface.

The south pole of Mars has been in the limelight in recent months after scientists’ discovery Three new underground lakes – and much more possibility – indicating the possibility of microbial life.

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