Everyone knows the story of Vincent van Gogh, in which the Dutch artist lost one of his ears: what is not known is whether he cut it off or it was someone else. The truth is that the POT found a solitary “ear” on Mars, a crater with that shape.
Thanks to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, this sighting was detected, specifically by the team of MRO HiRise cameras from the University of Arizona.
The crater is a little more than 1,800 meters wide, located in the region called Chryse Planitia, an area of plains in the northern hemisphere of Mars.
“Is it pareidolia, where we see features like faces and patterns where they don’t really exist, if the shape really does look like something?” the UAH Rise team wrote. “In this case, we’re looking at an oddly shaped impact crater that looks a lot like an ear. And once you see it, it’s almost impossible to unsee it.”
Remember CNET that, like this one, not all craters on the red planet are round. Craters were recently found with crooked shapes Y other wild looking overlays, that could be born thanks to a shocking object breaking in its path.
And although the mystery of van Gogh’s ear remains, we already have another one to entertain ourselves with: that of Mars.
This is the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the satellite that discovered the “ear” of Mars
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) is a multipurpose spacecraft, launched by NASA in August 2005 (August 12 will be the 17th anniversary of the event) from Cape Canaveral, to advance knowledge about the red planet thanks to detailed observation.
It is the fourth artificial satellite on Mars, after Mars Express, Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor.
From October 10, it began its insertion in the orbit of the red planet, concluding its aerobraking phase on September 4 and beginning its studies in November 2005.
For more details about the work of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, we recommend you visit its official website.