Honeycomb-Textured Landforms in Northwestern Hellas Planitia

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This picture from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) targets a apportionment of a organisation of honeycomb-textured landforms in northwestern Hellas Planitia, that is partial of one of a largest and many ancient impact basins on Mars.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

In a incomparable Context Camera image, a particular “cells” are about 5 to 10 kilometers wide. With HiRISE, we see most larger fact of these cells, like silt ripples that prove breeze erosion has played some purpose here. We also see particular exposures of bedrock that cut opposite a building and wall of a cells. These resemble dykes, that are customarily shaped by volcanic activity.

Additionally, a miss of impact craters suggests that a landscape, along with these features, have been recently reshaped by a process, or series of processes that might even be active today. Scientists have been debating how these honeycombed facilities are created, theorizing from freezing events, lake formation, volcanic activity, and tectonic activity, to breeze erosion.

The map is projected here during a scale of 50 centimeters (19.7 inches) per pixel. [The strange picture scale is 53.8 centimeters (21.2 inches) per pixel (with 2 x 2 binning); objects on a sequence of 161 centimeters (23.5 inches) opposite are resolved.] North is up.

The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, that was built by Ball Aerospace Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a multiplication of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

Source: NASA

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