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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Finds Many Interesting, Strange Holes on Mars South Pole

By Menahem, Zen menahem.zen@gmail.com | Jun 05, 2017 12:50 PM EDT

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter find many intriguing deep holes in the South Pole of the red planet beside the shallow pits. The South Pole of Mars is known as the "Swiss cheese terrain" due to many pits that resemble dimple in the Swiss cheese.

The new image from the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was revealed on Friday, June 2 showing interesting and strange deep holes on the surface of South Pole beside its shallow pits from the residual cap of carbon dioxide ice. According to NASA, the holes may be an impact crater or a collapse pit.

Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter were taken using the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera from University of Arizona. This latest image unveiled more interesting images from the red planet, as NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured many interesting images earlier, as reported by Space.com.

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is an unmanned spacecraft launched on Aug. 12, 2005, from Cape Canaveral and arrive in the Mars orbit in March 2006. Its main mission is to search for the evidence of water persisted on the Mars surface for a long period of time to sustain life. The data from the surveillance will be used to determine whether the existence of water on Mars is sufficient to support a life form.

The mission to find water on Mars is conducted using the science instrument, consist of three engineering instruments and two science-facility instruments. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used two cameras to capture the picture, the HiRISE, and CTX Context camera. The CTX camera is provided by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), which also functions as a spectrometer.

In order to monitor the weather, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter uses Mars Color Imager, which is able to monitor the dust and cloud storms on Mars. Watch the collection of images from the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, exhibiting the gravity maps on Mars below:

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