NASA Probe Snaps Mars’s Valles Marineris – Solar System’s LARGEST CANYON

NASA Probe Snaps Mars’s Valles Marineris – Solar System’s LARGEST CANYON

NASA Probe Snaps Mars’s Valles Marineris - Solar System’s LARGEST CANYON
Photo: Daily Mail UK

NASA recently published photos of Mars’s Valles Marineris. It is the largest canyon in the solar system.

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Fascinating images show the gargantuan Valles Marineris. It is more than 2,500 miles long and is approximately a quarter of the planet’s circumference.

The red planet’s wander is almost ten times longer than Earth’s Grand Canyon, while three times deeper than Arizona.

Said snapshots came from NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) mission. The project is the most powerful camera ever sent to a different planet; the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, orbiting Mars since 2006, carries the camera.

Further, experts from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory the 65-kg HiRISE which amounts to cost US$40M.

Meanwhile, Mars is also the home to the Solar System’s biggest volcano, Olympus Mons. It is in a nearby formation dubbed the Tharsis bulge.

NASA Probe Snaps Mars’s Valles Marineris - Solar System’s LARGEST CANYON
Photo: Daily Mail UK

A theory claims that magma swelled under Mars’s crust and produced the bulge during the formative years of the planet.

NASA and SpaceX are eager to send humans to the Red Planet by the end of the decade, hoping to establish martial colonies and a step further to deep space explorations.